After 20 years at 62 Windsor Rd. in Westwood, the new Agora Gardens site is fully operational at 309 North St. In Walpole.  We are very pleased with the outcome, and even though it is only late June, we have already harvested an abundance of peas, lots of strawberries, radishes, lettuce, and will shortly be swamped with tomatoes (50 plants that are absolutely thriving). Continue reading...

Worm Castings

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 / Leave A Comment

Too many gardeners focus on what is happening above the soil rather than what is going on beneath the soil.  This is where the real action is taking place and the major players are worms. I don’t think anyone really knows when the benefits of composting were discovered or when worms wiggled their way into the picture, but it was a very very long time ago.  Certainly, ancient Greeks documented the mixing of straw and animal manures as an effective composting technique, while in Europe, and eventually in the Americas, plant production benefited from the use of fish based fertilizers. Worms however, are the real heroes of the composting scene. Continue reading...

Corn on the Porch?

Thursday, February 27th, 2014 / Leave A Comment

For the suburban vegetable gardener, especially those of you who are into raised beds, there are a few crops that just don't work because of space limitations.  Put a few pumpkin seeds in a 4x10 box and before you know it the vines are covering a 250 square foot area and encroaching on your other boxes.  It's probably easier to just go and buy a couple pumpkins when you need them in the fall. How about corn?  Sweet corn picked an hour before dinner is so delightful that it ranks right up there with juicy red tomatoes as the number one summer treat.  Like pumpkins however, growing a decent supply of corn is difficult to do in small backyard gardens. Not anymore! Unknown-3 Continue reading...

Raised Bed/Box Gardening

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 / Leave A Comment

Whether you are building your first garden, adding on to an existing plot or just want a new look for your garden, raised boxes are just the thing. They are attractive, highly productive and make the whole garden experience very easy. I have about 50 raised boxes, most of which are 4 feet wide and 12 feet long. You never want them to be wider than four feet because you need to be able to reach the center of the box without stepping onto it. Remember, compacting the soil is a big “no no” which will impact drainage and is harmful to the beneficial worms that live below the surface. Other benefits of raised boxes include Continue reading...