Garden Wisdom & Mat News

Tomato Joke

Posted on May 8, 2014 by Peter Comart  |  3 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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Dreaming of Next Year’s Garden

Posted on March 12, 2014 by Peter Comart  |  no comments yet
garden mats winter garden

This time of year, when I drop off a shipment of Garden Mats at the local post office, I often return with a couple of seed catalogs. They’re perfect fuel for a cold evening’s…

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Garden Mats – A Product Being Born

Posted on March 5, 2014 by Peter Comart  |  4 comments
corn shoots sprouting in garden mats weed barrier

I’ll never forget the garden of 2002.  Teri and I had gotten married the previous August.  This was our first garden together since the wedding—and the wedding day fire.  Yes, our house burned down…

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Posted on February 18, 2014 by Peter Comart  |  no comments yet
cat in the garden, sitting on mulch

There is one other home-gardening issue for which Garden Mats will provide a great advantage over composts, barks, straw, sawdust and easily torn felt fabric. Here, I am speaking not of the Garden Mat,…

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