Cold Frame Gardening: Extend the Grow Season into the Winter Season

Montana has a short growing season. But there is a way to extend the gardening season—obviously, not for all types of vegetables—that works well for some types of greens and root vegetables. Basically, everything that grows well in the spring and fall months can be grown in the winter months within the confines of a…

What Is Compost and How Is It Made? Part 2

To continue our information about compost, let’s talk more about using un-composted material. Although in time un-composted materials will eventually decompose, adding organic matter directly to the soil without first composting it may have some undesirable effects. For example, if large quantities of un-composted leaves are incorporated into the soil, microbes will compete with plants’…

Wintertime Composting: Composting in ALL Weathers

Fall is a great time for composting, because everything from summer’s garden combines with the dying organic matter from trees and shrubs. But even when the organic matter of autumn is used up there’s still organic material, such as kitchen scraps, that need to be composted. And the benefits of continuing to compost that organic…

Topdressing Lawns

The best single time of the year for top dressing lawns is in the fall for cool season grasses and in the spring for warm season grasses. I’m writing from Montana so we have cool season grasses here. This also allows you to combine other cultural practices such as core aeration and over-seeding with the…