When it comes to gardening, more than one approach is acceptable.  Traditionally, a plot is plowed, disced, and then tilled before sowing.  The traditional approach has no protection against the weather. 

Recently, a new approach has begun to be utilized.  This new approach is to use something called a high tunnel.  The high tunnel resembles a greenhouse, except the ground is used for growing.  I am sure there are more differences, but I am not educated on a high tunnel.

Both approaches to gardening are used within the Magoffin County membership of Grow Appalachia.  This week, I toured two different gardens to see how each approach is used to produce a bountiful garden.  In the photos which are attached, you will see the high tunnel of Tim Howard.  Also, you will see the traditional garden of Jackie Prater.  Both of these men produce successful gardens each year. 

As you scroll through the pictures, you may notice some of the techniques which are taught by Grow Appalachia.  You might also notice the hoe in Jackie’s hand.  He says that is the best type of hoe for hoeing between rows of beans.  I caught him hoeing the bean patch when I stopped by to snap some pictures.  From the looks of the pictures, it looks like each of these gardeners are having a successful growing season.  They should have plenty of items to see at the Farmer’s Market.