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Gardening with "Brother"

"Brother", aka Uncle Ernie, has been gardening "since I was old enough to thump melons".
Now in his 90's, he still can work longer and harder than most younger men.
He arises just before "can-see", and gardens and handy-man's all the way to "can't-see", with just a lunch break (and, as we've spyed, a couple of short cat-naps in his swing).

Click on this link if you're looking for a GREAT Garden and Orchard Pest and Disease Guide

His column is updated every day or thereabouts, so check back to see what's doing in his garden.

Brother Gardening circa 1935


If you'd like to have a nice herb garden close to your kitchen -- but you don't have a good place for one (or even a bad place for one), don't despair.

Most herbs do well in containers -- and there's one kind of container that can serve as a one-stop herb garden: strawberry pots.

You can plant a different herb in each of the pot's "pockets," with the taller herbs (such as chives and parsley) closer to the top.

Use a good potting soil and locate the pot in a spot where it will get at least six hours of sunshine every day.

Maybe this will be near your kitchen, for handy culinary herb-snipping -- but if not, the pot will still be a nice addition wherever it winds up.

Pull yourself up a shovel blade and sit yourself down for a visit with "Brother" and his "Wise" Sayings.

If you're on the lookout for great gardening resources, check out

  • Square Foot Gardening, by Mel Bartholomew.

    Published by Rodale Press, this book offers very helpful information on garden basics such as soil preparation, planting techniques, and controlling weeds -- but it's much more than a general gardening manual.

    Square Foot Gardening will introduce you to a system of designing gardens that are easy to maintain, that conserve resources, and that produce abundantly in less space.

  • Gardens Alive!

  • Do you have some gardening knowledge to share or have a question for "Brother"?

    You can Write to Brother!

    Include your first initial and last name and put the word GARDEN in the subject.

    I'll try to use your contribution in a future column.

    (Please note that these columns are written several weeks in advance so publishing it will be delayed accordingly.)

    See y'all tomorrow and remember:
    Nowhere else in the world are we closer to the Creator than in the garden. Well, at least we're closer to His creation.


    Brother Resting

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