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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

Tater Harvest

If you grew potatoes this summer, you may have already been enjoying them.

You can dig or "scratch" the small tender potatoes while the plant is still growing.

However, eventually -- in fact, right now, in many regions -- the potato vines will begin dying.

Once the vines have been dead a couple of weeks, you can go ahead and dig them up.

A couple of tater tips: Don't dig them in bright sunlight or strong wind, and be careful not to cut or bruise them.

You can brush off sandy dirt or wash off sticky clay soil (but make sure you dry them thoroughly).

For longest storage, place the potatoes in a moderately moist, cool (about 40F), well-ventilated spot.


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"

    Brother Resting


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