Thursday, July 7, 2016

Holy Tomatoes!

 July 9th.  Tomatoes looking great!  Some variance plant to plant in the quantity of blossoms and plant height but all looking nice.

Cherokee Purple tomatoes are all but one of the plants.  Planted on Mothers Day with seedlings from farmers market in Carbondale.  No color as yet.  Recent rains seem to be keeping things supported.  I watered one day about two weeks ago.

Every two weeks I am using AGGRAND organic fertilizer mixed 4 oz to large watering can, about 1.5 gallons of water.  Each plant gets about a quart.  Added fresh worm castings below the mulch last week.

This was June 26th:That second plant is past the 5' mark.  Next photo is today and the plant is over 6'.  26 tomatoes counted today and many more blossoms are there.

 Today, same shot.  The white stuff on the garden is newspaper shreds.  The vines in the back are two cantalope and two squash.  There are blossoms but no fruit yet.These were from Rural King and planted about 4 weeks ago.

The white sheet is covering herbs seeded a couple weeks ago.  Not much going on there yet.

Here's a shot of the largest of our roses.  Just over 3' tall, and all but one of the stems is new growth.  Between steady pruning this spring and plenty of AGGRAND fertilizer and composting, the buds are coming out by the dozen.

Details on the fertilizer products at

Stay green!


Monday, June 27, 2016

Garden 2016

So here's how it's going...   In the fall I layered newspaper and leaves from the 1/2 acre property into a bed behind an old trellis.  The pile was initially about 4' deep in back and about 2' deep towards the front.   Left it sit for winter and then planted directly into it on Mother's Day weekend, 2016.

5 Cherokee Purple tomatoes and one hybrid bush from Rural King.   Later I added two cantelope and two squash plants to foll in the back.

Last week I built a 24' long planter box across the front of the garden to establish more of a raised-bed.   The dark material you see in the planter and at the front of the bed is compost fro
m a local composting service.  Looks great and does not appear to have any weed seeds in it.

Here's a link to the best of the recent photos of my plants.

For added boost I am using worm castings that I brought from Pennsylvania.  They are a couple years old but still carry much of their original nutrition.  I have started a new worm composter in the garage and will be dishing some of that out to the plants soon.

Then I use, about monthly, the Aggrand 4-3-3 fertilizer, mixed 4 oz to two gallons and put about a pint on each plant.

Today, June 27th the tomatoes are over 60" and between 20 to 40 blossoms on each plant.  Not bad for a garden's first full year.

Stay tuned for more photos and tips in the weeks to come.

Happy Gardening!


Saturday, June 25, 2016

Aggrand Organic Fertilizer!

This is the way to max your production and remain certified organic!

Check the details at  or, call me for details 717-620-9676

You will need my dealer number to access some areas:  JEFFREY L. KURTZ - 2014184 Dealer
Natural Fertilizers

Proven Performance through Natural and Organic Ingredients

AGGRAND Fertilizer Organic Series 4-3-3 (OSF) is a multipurpose liquid concentrate that promotes vigorous growth, increased root development and improved stress and disease tolerance in vegetables, fruits, nut trees and field crops. It is Listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) for use in organic production. AGGRAND Fertilizer stimulates microbial activity in the soil and provides essential macronutrients nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) in a ratio of 4-3-3.
AGGRAND Fertilizer Organic Series 4-3-3 is intended as the alternative to AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer 4-3-3 (NOF) for growers who must use fertilizers certified to NOP standards.

For the same production without the expense of the Certified Organic classification, try our regular fertilizer.

Here's the PDF of our Vegetable Productiviny Study <<<

AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer 4-3-3 (NOF) is a multipurpose liquid concentrate formulated to promote vigorous growth, increased root development and improved stress and disease tolerance on flowers, vegetables, fruits, shrubs, trees, field crops and houseplants. In addition to stimulating microbial activity in the soil, it provides nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) in a ratio of 4-3-3. AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer is the ideal product for those seeking a natural fertilizer that demonstrates superior results.

All-Natural Sea Kelp

AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer uses kelp concentrate from the icy waters of the North Atlantic Ocean. Kelp accumulates high levels of potassium. When used as a fertilizer, it increases plant health by enhancing heat, drought and cold tolerance properties.

Organic Nitrogen Source

AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer is made from oceangoing menhaden fish that feed on mineral-rich plankton. Though not considered edible for humans, Native Americans have used menhaden for centuries as a natural fertilizer, calling it “munna whaleaug,” or “that which manures.” Menhaden provides nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, essential micronutrients and numerous vitamins and amino acids. Menhaden fish emulsions represent the primary source of nitrogen in AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer.
  • Multi-purpose – excellent results on flowers, fruits, vegetables, trees, crops and houseplants
  • Formulated for foliar feed or soil application
  • Promotes enhanced plant vigor, contributing to disease and stress resistance
  • Convenient liquid concentrate
  • Can be mixed with other AGGRAND products for easy application

Friday, June 24, 2016

Financing a garden or greenhouse?

And now!! Finance options for your greenhouse or AG related projects! Qualifications: A) In business for minimum of two years, B)$10,000 minimum loan C) May be used for multiple purchases/expenses of services or new or used equipment.


Cost /Budget:

In Partnership with
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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Looking for a way to extend your season?  Protect from critters?  Finish worries about a early or late frost?   The Solexx Early Bloomer is a very reasonable priced greenhouse that you can assemble in an 8'x8' space.

Check all the details at!

Happy Gardening!   Critter

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Gow does your garden grow, ? - 2015 edition

Talk about noise!!??  Today was the worst.   I'm choosing not to get involved this year... let them accumulate at the base of the trees and I'll hope to be here in 17 years when they return.

Happy bbbzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Starting again, 2015

Good afternoon!   You may notice in the post below this one, I intended last August to get back into writing about my gardening activities but didn't get very far.

In September 2014 I relocated to Southern Illinois, where I grew up.  It's a lovely part of the country and I have many childhood friends all around the region.  

Anyway... I'm back.  There's a small garden started here (lasagna garden style) and the peas, beans and tomatoes are off to a great summer.  Let's all take a deep breath and enjoy a fertile year with new stories and suggestions to help you enjoy your garden growth and yield.