Thorne Barrager

Grow For It! The basics of compositing

Imagine being able to transform yard waste, kitchen scraps and other organic materials readily found around the home, into rich fertile soil. You’ll lighten the load in the bin that goes to the curb on garbage pickup day as well. Compostables (the term applied to waste products that can be turned into compost) are estimated […]

Grow For It! Gardening with chickens

One of the benefits of raising backyard chickens is that they can be the source of some of the best fertilizer available for vegetable gardening. With the proper handling, chicken manure can feed the garden just as the eggs can feed the family — simple and sustainable. Imagine being able to feed those table scraps […]

Master gardener: Weed control without poison

Within every square foot of soil there are hundreds and even thousands of seeds. Each particular plant species is waiting for the right set of conditions to germinate and become a plant. There are many of these conditions, some of them very specialized, such as a recently burned area. But the most common factors may […]

Grow For It! How to grow an egg

One sign that spring is about to come to the foothills is the presence of baby chickens in our local feed stores. Want to learn more about raising chickens? Come to a free class on “Backyard Chickens,” Saturday, March 12. The class starts at 9 a.m. and will be held in the Veterans Memorial Building […]

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