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Urban Farmer: Recharging, gardening is sure-shot therapy; right now, it’s sit back and wait

By Ginger Dawson KyForward columnist A new year ahead.  New possibilities and new directions, not just in gardening, but in life, as well.  Gardening, as always, is my haven.  It’s my place to go to recharge, be curious, learn, work hard physically, and several times over the course of my life, burrow in and lick my wounds.  Last year, 2016, was a particularly busy gardening year.  All kinds...

Urban Farmer: In a year of ‘firsts,’ count a growing appreciation of ‘real deal’ Farmers’ Markets

By Ginger Dawson KyForward columnist Twenty sixteen has been a year of firsts for me.  It’s the first year in many that I haven’t been consumed with business concerns.  It’s the first year I’ve had the time to garden in the way that I like.  It’s the first year I’ve taken a spot in a community garden.  And, perhaps most shocking — it’s the first year that I’ve been to Covington’s...

Urban Farmer: Taking space in community garden offers chance to experience something new

By Ginger Dawson KyForward columnist This year, I did something that I never thought I would do. I took a space in a community garden. I had never been interested in doing it before, because I always had plenty going on in my own back yard. I had also developed an smug attitude about the convenience of having my garden just a few steps beyond my back door. It is just so much easier to keep an eye...

Urban Farmer: Gardening can be a real (and wet) roller coaster — and then there’s asparagus

By Ginger Dawson KyForward columnist Gardening 2016 is in full swing.  I got my seedlings started, transitioned them into larger pots a few days ago, and have started the process of “hardening off” the plants.  All is proceeding in a predictable path.  It’s a little wet, but what’s new about that? We journeyman gardeners are used to the ugliness that Mother Nature can throw at us.  Three...

Urban Farmer: The real dirt on raised garden beds — how to build them once and enjoy the crops

By Ginger Dawson KyForward columnist A few years back, when I was starting to really ramp up my gardening operation, I decided to put in a couple of raised beds. I had been gardening in a regular plot in my back yard for many years. The lure of this new innovation was powerful. I knew it would be the perfect solution for my garlic crops and make a much nicer growing environment for radishes, carrots...

Urban Farmer: Your garden is your universe, but you should probably wait for Mother’s Day to plant

By Ginger Dawson KyForward columnist A record-breaking temperature of 72 degrees on a recent Saturday did little to cool off my keen anticipation to get on with Gardening 2016. It caught me short. I went outside early afternoon and was astounded by the warmth and beautiful sunshine. I’ve got a bad itch that needs to be scratched. I had to do something. So, since I don’t have a greenhouse (yet!),...