Garden Wisdom & Mat News

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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Peter’s Scalloped Red, White and Blues

Posted on January 5, 2014 by Peter Comart  |  no comments yet
red, white, and blue potatoes

Preheat oven to 350◦. Grease a 10-inch baking dish. Next, leave the skins on and thinly slice 3 cups of red, white and blue potatoes. Place a layer of potatoes in the bottom of…

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The Potato

Posted on October 15, 2013 by Peter Comart  |  5 comments
basket of potatoes

It is hard to believe that the potato, the workhorse of most gardens, is native to the Americas. All indications are that they probably originate somewhere around ancient Peru, which is why I love…

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Peter’s Dilly Beans

Posted on September 1, 2013 by Peter Comart  |  3 comments
dilly beans

Note: I prefer wide mouth pints and quarts. They are easier to stuff and fill with brine. I also prefer quarts, because if you have a lot of beans, they take a lot less…

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