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Your garden: After slow start, 'things are busting out'

"Marvin's gardens" in Madison County is a lot of work but rewarding, Marvin Kiper said.
"Marvin's gardens" in Madison County is a lot of work but rewarding, Marvin Kiper said.

Marvin Kiper on West Bennington Lane, Richmond, claims to have the real "Marvin's gardens" on Ky. 52, just 4.4 miles from his front door. Although the garden is "lots of work," he said, there's "nothing like eating the food you grow yourself."

Kiper said he had a hard time getting things going with his garden this year because of all the rain and the cool nights in early May, but now, "things are busting out." He gets lots of ideas about when to plant, and how to plant and grow the best food from videos on Youtube.com. His garden includes tomatoes, corn, onions, turnips, radishes, white half-runner beans, English peas, lima beans, swiss chard, cucumbers, squash, watermelon, peppers and cantaloupe.

Here are Kiper's five gardening tips:

1. Start your tomato seeds indoors. You save a fortune, and it's lots of fun. Wait until the soil is warm before transplanting tomatoes into the garden.

2. Be careful when watering tomatoes, beans and vines that you don't get the leaves wet.

3. Be sparing with the garden tiller. This year, he has used it less, and he has fewer weeds.

4. Get ahead of the weeds and stay ahead because it's hard to catch up. Weeds grow faster than anything else you plant.

5. Use some Miracle-Gro with everything you plant.

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