Garden Wisdom & Mat News

A Perfect Time to Plant Some Herbs

Posted on January 13, 2015 by Peter Comart  |  no comments yet
weed free herbs

Every year about this same time I start to imagine the smell of fresh herbs, especially purple basil and lemon thyme. Right in the dead of winter. I have no idea why. I have…

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Posted on January 2, 2015 by Peter Comart  |  19 comments
vegetable garden without weeds

We love it when customers tell it like it is. For all of our loyal customers, and the countless others that you have told, we want to celebrate and thank you for our fourteenth…

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Plant in Succession

Posted on May 20, 2014 by Peter Comart  |  3 comments

A number of customers who came for a garden tour this past weekend asked me how we are able to grow fresh baby lettuce all season.  The answer is succession planting.   If you love…

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Tomato Joke

Posted on May 8, 2014 by Peter Comart  |  5 comments
organic tomatoes

An old man lived alone in the country. One spring, he wanted to dig his tomato garden but it was very hard work as the ground was hard. His only son, Max, who used…

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A Plug for the Plug Planter

Posted on April 29, 2014 by Peter Comart  |  1 comment
plug planter - easily plant plugs and starts

A few years back one of my customers said to me:  “You have a great product, but tell me something.  When you plant starter plants how do you move the dirt to the side…

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More Than a Weed-Barrier, It’s a System

Posted on April 22, 2014 by Peter Comart  |  no comments yet
Doty Elementary School class science trip

Yup, we sell a weed barrier. But not just any weed barrier. We believe we have the best weed barrier on the market. Understandably, that’s our biggest selling point. We make no bones about…

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The Birth of the Potato Chip

Posted on April 15, 2014 by Peter Comart  |  no comments yet
potato chips

Up State New York is the original home of the potato chip. In 1853, railroad and steamship magnate Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt complained that his potatoes were cut too thick and sent them back to…

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Got Mulch? The Garden Mats Guide to Mulch and Mulch More

Posted on April 8, 2014 by Peter Comart  |  2 comments
wood chip mulch

My dog-eared, thirty-five year-old Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary defines “mulch” as “a protective covering (as of sawdust, compost, or paper) spread or left on the ground to reduce evaporation, maintain even soil temperature, prevent erosion,…

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Remember Your Grandmother’s Victory Garden?

Posted on April 1, 2014 by Peter Comart  |  no comments yet
harvest of garden vegetables

If your grandmother was anything like mine, she had quite a garden.  Grandpa said, “She could make a broomstick bud and put out roots.”  Like many working-class people of her time–for my Grandmother–gardening, canning,…

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Soil Type Basics

Posted on March 25, 2014 by Peter Comart  |  no comments yet
soil types

Gardening is all about soil– that loose top-layer of earth covering our planet. Soil results from the breakdown of rock over thousands of years through natural cycles of wind and water erosion, glacial activity,…

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