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Your garden: Backcountry ranger has a garden at her home base

Heidi Braunreiter started a garden at the 
U.S.  Forest Service ranger station in Stanton.
Heidi Braunreiter started a garden at the U.S. Forest Service ranger station in Stanton.

Heidi Braunreiter, 22, is a Student Conservation Association volunteer at Daniel Boone National Forest. She traveled from Wisconsin to be a backcountry ranger in the Red River Gorge. Aside from her duties, she is raising vegetables on a side lot of the U.S. Forest Service ranger station in Stanton.

Here are Braunreiter's five tips for vegetable gardens:

1. Add organic matter (i.e. composted leaves, cow manure, peat moss) to the soil before you plant.

2. Most vegetables need to be planted in full sun.

3. Learn about what insects attack the plants you're growing, and watch out for them — every plant and pest is different.

4. For most plants you buy, plant them in the ground at the depth where it was originally. For tomatoes, plant deeper, to the first set of leaves.

5. Use fertilize and water regularly.

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