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When a cucumber is taken from the vine let it be cut with a knife, leaving about an eighth of an inch of the cucumber on the stem, then slit the stem with the knife from its end to the vine leaving a small portion of the cucumber on each division and on each separate slip there will be a new cucumber as large as the first.

Non toxic tomato worm control . I don't remember where I learned this, but I've been using this method for 30 yrs and it really works. Get yourself an old jar & poke holes in the lid. Fill the jar with plain white flour and sprinkle it liberally over your tomatoes. I've never had an issue with horn worms or other pests with this. I also use it on cabbage & broccoli with good luck.

Easy composting. Great microbial activity, promotes earthworms. Best way we've found to compost in our dry climate... and no turning :)

FERTILIZER: the world's most perfect fertilizer + pesticide is epsom salt. This is so true- every other week- 1 gallon of water, 1 TBSP of miracle grow and 3 TBSP of epsom salt- I promise a great garden all season.

As you plant, put Epsom salts and sugar into each hole. Plants will grow larger, leafier and greener. 4(epsom salts) to 1(sugar) ratio.

Will Allen, Milwaukee, WI-Founder of Growing Power, a nat. nonprofit org & land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds & the environments in which they live, by helping provide equal access to safe, healthy & affordable food 4 all people. Growing Power implements this mission by providing hands-on training, outreach & technical assistance through the development of Community Food Systems that help people grow, process, market & distribute food in a sustainable manner.