amoxil tablets for dogs dutasteride japan hoodia diet pill voltaren retard 100mg metformin with or without food buy finpecia online uk lisinopril buy cheap 20 mg omeprazole without levitra 40mg bulk prices viagra online packstation pill like cymbalta keppra generic discount generic finasteride india us cialis difference between flomax and generic cheap doxycycline online uk low cost daily cialis cheap wellbutrin uk buy valtrex online crestor scored tablet cialis no prior prescription lasix 40 mg 12 tablet fiyat order low priced chlamydia antibiotics augmentin generic and trade name naproxen us nexium and the pill clomid from canada orlistat availability cost allegra drug buy online letrozole cymbalta us label celebrex 200mg nebenwirkungen levitra odt 10mg allegra 30mg 5ml suspension buy flagyl over the counter yasmin pill yasminelle buy viagra granules levitra online reviews clomid getting pregnant fast super viagara accutane generic date genuine viagra without prescription prevacid 30mg augmentin price without insurance levitra 10mg price generic form of prozac ciprofloxacin diet pills buy coumadin online allegra otc cost fast viagra superactive generic prozac online flonase generic alternative order proscar finasteride propecia price acheter du viagra 120 pills flomax 28 diflucan tablet strength cymbalta full price fortamet 575 abilify price compare flomax from canada viagra online package purchase diflucan orlistat price list accutane cost cigna cost of propecia prescription generic cymbalta united states cymbalta order online canada simvastatin 60 mg nexium 40 mg twice a day zithromax 250 mg ja alkoholi allergy pill zyrtec diflucan 150 mg is used for buy cialis generic on line price orlistat 120mg tramadol online pharmacy mastercard does viagra pill work generic cialis soft online buy xenical slimming pills valtrex ointment valtrex 500mg tablets generic proscar fast delivery buy priligy dapoxetine from india gabapentin generic zyprexa 7.5 mg drug nexium generic drug name best cialis online pharmacy nolvadex legal buy uk wellbutrin mg doses coupons for cialis 20 mg rogaine sale singapore prescription drugs amphetamine pfizer viagra 50 mg online finasteride tablets usp 5mg x-trazodone 100 mg on line viagra purchase alli canada drugs generic for acyclovir cream nexium 40mg price in philippines viagra pills australia buy doxycycline in uk buy tetracycline for cats flomax 400 mg nedir price of yasmin in uk buy cheap naproxen uk xenical cost ireland propecia online store generic finasteride 1 mg levitra 20mg prix effexor online order doxycycline hyclate 100mg pill levetiracetam oral solution 100mg ml buy ventolin nebules online do you need a prescription to buy levitra generic topiramate online 200 fortamet online trazodone get you high cost of clomid in canada cost of simvastatin at walmart is something similar to cialis for women toradol 30 mg gocce prilosec order flomax 700 mg posologia will nolvadex get rid of gynecomastia zithromax 4 tablets at once levitra cheap prices fortamet fda approved buy generic avodart no prescription levitra best price buy cheap rogaine amlodipine generic to norvasc celebrex and getting pregnant buy silagra 50 mg order tadacip 10mg no prescription wellbutrin 200 mg weight loss xenical 120 mg apteka metformin 68 is there a way to get avanafil cheaper pill lisinopril hctz is healthy man legitimate prednisone get out your system buy viagra spray canada crestor 5 mg every other day purchase zovirax uk metformin valacyclovir rx 905 esomeprazole 15 mg prednisone 60 mg a day for 5 days where to buy lipitor cheap sildenafil pharmacy zestril lisinopril 4 sale cialis online dogana where to buy nexium 40 mg speedial buy levitra online us how to order topamax lamictal online buy crestor generic when available naprosyn sr 750 mg purchase topiramate online buy cialis online how to buy cheap dutasteride isotretinoin price generic nexium 2013 actonel xanax cost of accutane per month 2013 is it possible to buy viagra online where to buy proscar antifungal cream will trazodone get me high cadianhealth tramadol online all states lipitor 5 mg prompt pill store levitra australia metformin hydrochloride cost buy kitten antibiotics canada rx connection topamax order from canada buy cheap viagra generic online nolvadex dosage for women avodart india flomax canada pharmacies voltaren topical yasmin generic available cipro without buy seroquel no rx taking metformin without food next day express delivery for viagra buy cheap cialis texas topiramate buy online simvastatin 3a4 zyrtec tabletten generic proscar retin a from online store#gsc.tab=0 diovan hct tablet buy augmentin powder allegra generic amazon finasteride us clomid online 50mg zocor canada pharmacy order dapoxetine online metformin tablet 850 mg cipro health canada generic viagra super active 100mg buy propecia hair loss pill online medicare lipitor cost generic zithromax flomax generic vs. brand buy brand name synthroid fluoxetine buying online generic tamsulosin xl tablets levitra prices 20 gm free delivery buy zyprexa no prescription xenical tablete za mrsavljenje buy celebrex in mexico buy femara uk fucidin cat costa vardenafil vs viagra generic viagra generique buy proscar online uk doxycycline hyclate 100mg naklofen duo english language buy sildenafil nail help with buying plavix metformin generic health cmi aripiprazole online pharmacy furosemide merck generics buy orlistat 60 mg with no prescription tadacip online kaufen buy viagra pharmacy online cheap xanax and viagra uk nexium 10 mg mod de administrare zyrtec 40 count clomid for men reviews female cialis pills buspar overnight shipping purchase prevacid 30 mg where to buy viagra online and cheap femara 43 generic isotretinoin online order valtrex 1000mg dutasteride vs finasteride 2014 dapoxetine and sildenafil tablets allegra sinus medication buy online diovan estradiol 1mg tab diovan generic version rayh health care viagra erectial zovirax tablets buy orlistat 120 mg dosage roche xenical orlistat discount cost of prilosec cipro buy online pharmacy fosamax plus where to buy flonase buying buy sildenafil citrate online usa levaquin online apotheke price yasmin india lexapro to buy buy levitra packs buy propecia without rx zocor sale canada price metformin walmart where to buy valtrex in canada rosuvastatin patient uk order propecia online india augmentin antibiyotik tablet accutane dosage canada metformin from india cheap nolvadex d generic name for doxycycline hyclate buy yasmin drug tramadol online scams prednisone 5 mg tab west-ward ciprofloxacin cipro price tetracycline price in india price topamax canada zyrtec generic 300 tablets crestor medication cost generic for diclofenac tablet tamoxifen anyone buy accutane online generic claritin brands trazodone 490 cheap viagra pills online lipitor generic 80 mg price of speman himalaya viagra generic drug diflucan 150 india buy paxil cr online lasix pill size buy cheap alli 120 mg cialis tadalafil 100mg the most inexpensive cialis canadian pharmacy viagra scam clomid men side effects viagra_in_polen_kaufen generic phenergan 25mg lithium carbonate without rx fluconazole tablet cheap price of crestor at costco generic accutane 5 mg where to buy diflucan in uk can you get clomid on the nhs viagra australia cheap usa overnight pharmacy augmentin 625 new price buy minipress online simvastatin tablet com generic accutane without insurance accutane 20 mg every other day cost duloxetine uk branded viagra cialis professional australia are valtrex pills white buy keppra 1000 mg get nexium online levitra tablets sale ventolin generic date acyclovir 200 mg buy online buy cheap risedronate buy advair inhaler buy accutane defense plavix generic walgreens prednisone dosage 100mg tetracycline antibiotics buy online nexium 40 mg yorumlar buy generic metformin online how many mg nolvadex pct price orlistat philippines augmentin 625 mg for cough purchase levetiracetam fucidin h cream price in india buy the blue pill pharmacy online generic accutane brands can you get toradol over the counter crestor statin uk where to buy synthroid in the uk buying phenergan tablets augmentin mg kg pediatric nexium canada pharmacy cialis wiki where to buy alli singulair buy cheap cheapest place to buy viagra online doxycycline no pres online.rs zovirax generic equivalent buy online doxycycline buy sildenafil citrate 100mg online buy cheap diclofenac where can i buy tadalafil over the counter cut 10mg lexapro in half buying accutane mexico finasteride cheapest buy cymbalta usa flomax canada prices reputable online viagra sales price for sildenafil buy doxycycline in phoenix tamoxifen order online propecia viagra combined finasteride 5mg rogaine canada buy foam buy avodart dutasteride flomax generic pills yasmin generic online viagra 100mg united states cheap plavix uk generic paxil discount nexium 40 mg acid reflux buy proscar oral cymbalta pill shape lexapro generic 2012 march cost of bupropion xl celebrex generic when prozac sale celexa us pharmacy allegra 120 mg precio venezuela proscar tablete cena wellbutrin generic vs brand 2011 synthroid copay discount order xenical online pharmacy alli get when will generic diovan become available cipro from india generic finasteride in canada best sildenafil pills for sex diflucan pill yeast infection propecia price generic is promethazine a generic propecia buying cialis coupons buy 1 mg prednisone pills online can you order viagra online in canada buy tadalafil tablets australia celebrex cost rite aid omeprazole generic cheapest price cipro 500 mg cure chlamydia buy avodart ireland viagra and cialis cheap cheap generic cialis online cost zyrtec-d can i buy prednisone at walmart propecia price in the us cialis best wellbutrin generic itching cost flomax generic buy oratane cost celebrex walgreens generic cialis vs brand cialis generic dutasteride no prescription wellbutrin generic equivalent doxycycline tablets lloyds generic zyrtec liquid gels buy zoloft cheap no rx wellbutrin xl lowest price generic accutane canada generic flomax turkey can you buy generic cialis dapoxetine buy canada promethazine 12.5 mg while pregnant tamoxifen citrate online gabapentin 50 mg cymbalta generic release date 2013 cymbalta canada pharmacy dapoxetine yorumlar where can you get clomid pills topamax 40 pounds i need to order viagra tablets for sale buy doxycycline for dogs online buy inderal in the uk fucidin cream in india cost of diflucan in india buy nolvadex online pharmacy buy levitra from china generic lasix price buy doxycycline once sale lipitor generic claritin medication cost of amoxil professional levitra online tablet zyrtec buy accutane online usa naprosyn discount online xenical uk fake birth control pills for sale cost cymbalta usa buy amoxicillin 500mg online levothyroxine for sale online femara 30 mg buy viagra with cashiers check vytorin tablets doxycycline 150 mg buy online promethazine uk buy avodart from canada augmentin price usa viagra liquid capsules ventolin inhaler generic buy paxil online uk sandoz pramipexole 0.25 cialis for erectile dysfunction order doxycycline buy fosamax australia is generic viagra real price advair 500 amoxicillin pill picture buy trazodone 150 mg buy avodart cheap strattera and adderall buy pulmicort ireland cymbalta sales 2011 buy lexapro 10mg with amex cymbalta price pharmacy nexium 40 mg ulotka generic cialis online prescription alli online purchase buy neurontin overnight nexium over counter versus prescription malegra fxt review buying alli pills prednisone pill color buy generic valtrex online canada price of viagra australia amoxil tablet dapoxetine 60mg price amlodipine besylate 2.5 viagra for sale online florida wellbutrin problems with generic us alli israel viagra in uae price zc 15 paroxetine how to get celexa out of your system buy buspirone online u.k finpecia usage buy 250 mg amoxil online buy cialis generic no prescription generic wellbutrin xl viagra use in lexapro gets worse before better
Share this page on facebook
How does his garden grow? PDF Print E-mail
News
Written by CAROL POMEDAY   
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 15:16

Belgium man uses square-foot plots without soil for green-thumb bounty

Avid landscaper and gardener Don Gotcher has two 4-foot-by-4-foot raised vegetable beds tucked in a corner of the back yard of his Belgium home that are lush with produce. Lettuce,
kohlrabi, beets, sweet peas, green beans, three varieties of tomatoes, cucumbers and carrots grow in the small space.

Don Gotcher in his no-soil vegetable garden. 
                                              Photo by Sam Arendt
But not a speck of soil is in the garden and hardly a weed.

“All soil, even the cleanest soil, has weed seeds,” Gotcher said.

For the past four years, Gotcher and his wife Margaret have embraced square-foot-gardening using a mixture of perlite, a volcanic glass, and vermiculite, a rock mineral, instead of dirt to grow their veggies.

The couple had a large traditional vegetable garden at their previous home in Elkhorn, but switched to the new method after reading “All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space” by Mel Bartholomew.

“We both read it and decided that was the way to go here,” Gotcher said.

Their son in Waterford and a sister-in-law in Crivitz are now also avid square-foot gardeners.

Vermiculite retains moisture, while perlite allows the water to drain, Gotcher said. His 10-inch-deep beds are set over four inches of sand.

“It’s impossible to over water it,” Gotcher said. “Being above the ground, this (mixture) warms up a lot quicker than soil does.”

Gotcher said he adds compost — sheep manure, mushroom compost, worm casings or Dr. Dom’s compost mix — every year to provide nutrients.

Each bed has a string grid delineating 16 one-foot-square plots. Gotcher could plant 32 varieties of vegetables, but he uses two or three plots for favorite crops, such as kohlrabi and beets.

The beds are about two feet apart so he and his wife can easily reach into the gardens without stepping on plants or disturbing the growing mixture.

“I’m getting more from this garden than a traditional garden and in a lot less space,” Gotcher said. “Cucumbers normally take up a large space. Here they grow up rather than out. Peas and beans also grow up.

“Everything, except the tomatoes and kohlrabi, was grown from seed.”

He and his wife use rainwater collected in rain barrels connected to downspouts to water outdoor and indoor plants.

“Rainwater is better for gardens than tap water,” he said.

Gotcher has grown vegetables since he was a kid helping his parents and grandparents with their gardens. His wife also is an avid gardener, but she prefers growing flowers to
vegetables.

At age 55, Gotcher lost his maintenance job when the company he worked for downsized.

“My kids said, ‘Why don’t you go to school for something you really want to do?’” Gotcher said. “Landscaping was the first thing I thought of. I had been doing it for years and thought I
should go to school to find out what I was doing wrong.

“A lot of it I was doing right. Some of it was wrong. The biggest thing I learned is the right plant in the right place.”

Earning an associate degree in horticulture and landscaping, Gotcher learned what individual plants need and why and how to doctor damaged shrubs and trees.

Gotcher worked for five landscaping companies until he got what he considers the ideal semi-retirement job.

He is a seasonal maintenance employee from April to October at Harrington Beach State Park in the Town of Belgium.

He works full time in early spring to get the park and campground ready for the season, then reduces his schedule to four days a week through October.

He’s free to travel or do odd jobs from November through March.

“That’s when I play. I spend a lot of time at Harrington in winter snowshoeing with Max (his dog),” Gotcher said.

When he purchased his Belgium home five years ago, only arbor vitae and spirea had been planted. Now, flowers, grasses, shrubs and trees, including Arctic willows, river birches,
dappled willows, climbing hydrangeas and flowering crabs, can be found. He chooses plants that attract birds, including hummingbirds, butterflies and bees.

His back yard, which slopes toward the house, used to having standing water that reached his dog’s chest. Gotcher worked with Nate’s Landscaping in Belgium to install drain tiles to
direct stormwater to a rain garden filled with water-gobbling plants.

His goal is add more gardens and extend the ones already planted, leaving little grass to mow.

“I’m not a lover of lawns. It’s a waste of time and energy,” Gotcher said.

The avid gardener believes everyone should grow some of the food they eat because it tastes better, is more nutritious and  there is less chance of contamination.

Gardening is good for the body and soul, he said.

To that end, Gotcher has developed a community garden near the village’s north water tower at 946 Jer-Mar Rd. Village crews worked up the soil and fertilized it, but so far no one has
requested a plot.

The community garden was first announced in the village’s June newsletter.

“People may think it’s too late to plant anything, but there are a lot of crops that can still be planted, such as green peppers and beans,” Gotcher said. “Lettuce can be planted until the first
frost, and I just put in a second crop of onions.”

He plans to start a compost area near the garden and will have barrels to collect rainwater. Village water is also available at the site.

“I want it to be a place where you can meet your neighbors, where people help each other,” he said. “It would be great for grandparents and grandchildren to work together.”

To learn more about the community garden, call Gotcher at (262) 476-5019.

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
You must be logged in to post a comment. Please register if you do not have an account yet.

busy
 
advertisement
Banner
Banner