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  • Karen Chiarini

    Reply Reply April 29, 2020

    Hi, Paul. I think I saw a sow bug (this city girl never heard of them before!) yesterday when I lifted up the cardboard I have laying over the soil. I wasn’t sure if this was one of the good guys. I’m guessing not! But there is nothing for them to eat. So, are they searching? I thought they would have been dead due to lack of air. Should I put that plastic around them even though there is no plant at this time? Thank you! Also, can you share which bugs are beneficial, though you may have a video on that that I didn’t get to yet. I only know about ladybugs!

    • Paul

      Reply Reply April 30, 2020

      Hi Karen – yes, I wouldn’t be surprised if you did see one. They like to crawl around underneath of things. I wouldn’t worry about them right now. If you plant into the area and then find out you have problems with them – that’s when I would look into ways to deal with them. Otherwise, having a few of them around isn’t usually a problem.

      Also, we don’t currently have a training on all the beneficial insects. Really, we couldn’t cover all of them since there are thousands of insects – but that’s a great idea. We should consider talking about them more!

  • Judi Piscitello

    Reply Reply April 30, 2020

    I have to do patio container gardening only (due to a neighbor’s HUGE black walnut tree dropping walnuts all over my yard) and just ordered the containers but still need to purchase the soil. Do I need to test the soil I purchase?

  • Sally

    Reply Reply May 7, 2020

    Can I add nutrients to my soil while my vegetables are planted? Would that improved the quality of the crops I’m growing now?

    • Paul

      Reply Reply May 8, 2020

      Absolutely Sally! We call this “side dressing” your plants. You’ll want to just scratch the nutrients into the soil around the base of the plants. You don’t need to “till” the nutrients in. Just scratch them into the soil and water it in well. And yes, it will definitely benefit your plants!

  • Karen Chiarini

    Reply Reply May 19, 2020

    Hi, Paul. Can you tell me what you mean by a “balanced garden”? You use this term when at the end of this video. Thanks!

    • Paul

      Reply Reply May 20, 2020

      Great question Karen! What we mean by a balanced garden is that you are focusing on building healthy balanced soil (with the right balance of nutrients and minerals in it for your plants as well as microorganisms). But we also are talking about the whole ecosystem. You want to encourage a balance of beneficial insects to help combat negative ones. When nature is in balance it runs the smoothest. Does that make sense?

      • Karen Chiarini

        Reply Reply May 30, 2020

        Yes, that does makes sense Paul. thank you!

  • Karen Chiarini

    Reply Reply May 19, 2020

    Paul, I loved watching how these protectors were built. Of course, I’ll never need one in my tiny 10′ x 7′ garden, but it was so informational. Thank you!

    • Paul

      Reply Reply May 20, 2020

      You bet! Glad we could share it! 😀

  • Lyn

    Reply Reply June 21, 2020

    Hi Paul Thanks for keeping us informed. Particularly at this time of COVID, your story on the 100 days of prayer and your gardening site has been beneficial. May the Lord bless you and family and keep everyone else in the family safe.

  • Farmbox Direct

    Reply Reply August 7, 2020

    Great share Paul! Your video isn’t working. I would love to watch it if you can fix it.

  • Rick

    Reply Reply August 18, 2020

    We have a milky substance with some little black balls/specks on our cucumbers, which has since gotten onto our zucchini & cantaloupes (which share the same raised grow bed) (may also getting into our adjacent bed of watermelons…). It appears to be stressing the plants, about to kill them. Not sure if it’s an insect, bacteria, or fungus…. It’s killing our crops! Any recommendations?
    For what it’s worth: we hauled in several yards of “garden soil” (organic matter) to fill the raised beds this spring. So assume the soil is healthy. Or seeing it in our other grow beds (tomatoes, herbs)
    We tried diatomaceous earth, but it hasn’t stopped it. Just learning about the teas, actinovate, which we haven’t tried yet.
    Guess we need a correct diagnosis before we know how to correctly treat it…
    (For what it’s worth, we have Bonide neem oil & Bonide orchard spray… which were considered organic by our local nursery – for fruit trees…)

    • Paul

      Reply Reply August 19, 2020

      Hi Rick,

      Hmm… that sounds strange. It would be best if we could see a picture. Can you email me at paul@borntogrow.net and send us some pictures of the problem?

      Would love to help!

  • Shelley Zurcher

    Reply Reply August 29, 2020

    Hi Paul,
    I am just starting your Home Gardening Course and the video for “Choosing the Land” goes a couple of minutes and then abruptly stops with this error message: “The video was aborted due to a corruption problem or because the video uses features your browser does not support: https://d3w1Inb9ce5we8.cloudfront.net/where-to-p“lant-my-garden.mp4undefined”
    Please help. Thanks.
    Shelley Zurcher

    • Paul

      Reply Reply September 1, 2020

      Thank you Shelley!

      I’ve just updated the video on this page.

      Please let me know if you have any other troubles with it!

  • Opal Ezell

    Reply Reply September 8, 2020

    I can’t see callendar

  • Jay

    Reply Reply September 17, 2020

    Dear Paul,

    I hear this all the time. I have grown squash, cucumbers, melons and cucamelons together and never had them cross. The majority of melons I grow are C. melo (cucumbers). However, people continue to believe that they have some kind of first generation cross from fruit from an unripe or stressed plant. Or they grow Armenian cucumbers and say that they magically crossed melons with cucumbers.

    In any case, thank you for your support in this area.

  • Logan

    Reply Reply September 26, 2020

    Hi I Have been growing marrows, cougeates and pumpkins side by side. In the following year I grew from seeds collected from previous year’s harvest. The seeds produce cougeates and marrows of different kinds, from this hybrid. Some of the produce,look like cougeates whilst others like marrows. I do not collect seeds from recurring crops, for fear of hybridisation and detrimental outcomes.
    Both previously mentioned crops are very tasty- either in soups or cooked as vegetables.
    I plant these between other flowering plants all over the garden.

  • Christian Hunte

    Reply Reply October 23, 2020

    Is it possible to use a potting mix from a local garden store? If so which would you recommend if you did not have all the ingredients to make your own?

  • Christian

    Reply Reply November 22, 2020


    I’m really excited about getting row covers! I have a question though, I visited the links you shared to get the row covers, but I’m having trouble finding the PVC pipes at Johnnys or seven springs. I noticed you used PVC pipes but on these websites I’m finding only wires. Could you give me a direct link or help me find them on these websites. Seven springs has something similar to what you used, but it appears it does not have a place to fit the re-bar in once ready to placed in the ground.

    I believe they suggest to just put the wiring in the ground but I anticipate that not being strong enough to fight against winds.

    Hope this all makes sense.

  • Nawaz

    Reply Reply December 14, 2020

    Honeydew cross candaloupe result white melon??? Sir plZ hlp me what’sapp no 00923454563547

  • Kahn

    Reply Reply December 15, 2020

    Do you make furrows when using a precision seeder?

  • Kahn

    Reply Reply December 15, 2020

    Have you used one of the Jang JP-1 push seeders before?

  • Kathy Kendall

    Reply Reply December 21, 2020

    We went through Bob Gregory’s training in WV a number of years ago, and have had our soil tested. John figured out what amendments we need, according to that analysis, but we’ve had a hard time finding everything we need. And . . . the shade issue.

    From the few minutes I’ve watched so far, I’m really excited to see that I can have a garden, even with the shade problems we have! Our garden area runs N-S, with tall trees on either side of it. I had a garden a number of years ago; some things grew well, some did not. Needless to say, the trees have not gotten shorter in the intervening years. They need to come out . . . we haven’t had the money to take them out . . . and that has really discouraged me on the garden front. Even if I might not be able to grow things like tomatoes very well, there are a lot of other things I can grow until we can get the trees out.

    THANK YOU for this encouragement, and the links to shade-tolerant crops. I just assumed that everything edible had to have full sun.

    In looking at the four-year basic crop rotation plan, I’m struggling to see how some of the items in your garden plan fit into the categories you’ve put them in.

    Legumes — these all make sense.

    Roots — um — Dill, Cilantro, and Parsley . . . ?? (I guess they are in this group because they are in the carrot family?)

    Fruits and grains — um — potatoes?? Are they here because they are nightshades?

    Leaves and Flowers — these all make sense.

    Maybe different headings for the two middle groups? Or maybe I’m the only one trying to figure this out? (I only knew dill, cilantro, and parsley were in the carrot family because I looked up shade-tolerant plants on the link you provided.)

    Also . . . where would you plant purslane? It’s my understanding that it is one of the highest vegetable sources of Omega-3 fatty acids, and I love it.

    Thanks again!


  • Betty Baerg

    Reply Reply January 6, 2021

    Dear Paul,

    I have needing to get in touch with you for several months. I took your winter gardening class and learned a lot. I grew one of my biggest broccoli plants.
    However, since I got interrupted and didn’t get to see all of your winter gardening program, I order it for $35. I got a receipt from your dad. Then when you offered the special program helps, I can’t remember whether I wrote for $60 or $80, I think it was 80, and I have a receipt from your dad. Now I haven’t heard from you since!!!! I can’t say that it is all your fault because my computer has not been bringing things since November 20.

    If you could send anything to my husband’s email, I would appreciate it.

    I was looking forward to seeing you at the agriculture conference, but my husband got covid and so we cancelled out. So sorry to miss it.

  • jeff schneider

    Reply Reply February 4, 2021

    Awsome – this gave me so much clarity

  • Susan Bernauer

    Reply Reply February 8, 2021

    I’ve been trying to contact you but am not getting a response.
    I have not found a phone number to call, so I’m limited to email.
    Contact me by email

    I have a problem with my membership

    Susan Bernauer

  • Carla Paylor Rhodes

    Reply Reply February 11, 2021

    Hey Paul –

    I met you at the AdAgra conference in Glen Rose, Texas and signed up for a class on personalized gardening. I don’t remember the website information & was hoping you could re-educate me on what the $20 a month includes & the website/contact information. Thank you so much & i look forward to hearing from you!

  • Beverly Wheeler

    Reply Reply March 1, 2021

    I am trying to become a Pro Member and it will not allow me to get in to order.

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