Category News and Press

don’t forget to use walls ‘o water

25 April, 06:18, by Don

For great protection from the elements (like a late frost, etc), use those walls ‘0 water around your tomatoe plants. They capture the daytime heat, then release it into the plants to keep the ground temps high, and the ambient above 55 degrees.

Red colored plastic is ‘IN’ for growing tomatoes

23 January, 04:47, by Don

GO FOR THE RED.  That’s not necessarily a cheer for the Huskers, but a tip for using red plastic around your tomatoes instead of black.  Word is that red reflects more of the sun’s beneficial rays into your plants, than black.  Cut a circle about 24-inches wide, then cut out room for the plant in the middle of the plastic.  Make sure you don’t cover it with dirt during the grown season.  Let me know how it works for you, and I’ll do the same !

Don Eversoll Featured In Fort Collins Coloradoan

10 January, 18:19, by admin Tags: , , , , , , ,

Don Eversoll in the Kitchen - V. RICHARD HARO/THE COLORADOAN


Word is getting out about Don Eversoll’s book “Secrets From My Grandma’s Garden” and the forthcoming book “Secrets From My Grandma’s Kitchen.” Reporter Pat Ferrier of the Fort Collins Coloradoan recently sat down with Eversoll for a quick Q & A session:

Q: You have just come out with a book “Secrets From My Grandma’s Garden.” How did the book originate?

A: Soon after I sold my companies and retired, Debra Benton, a local and well-know author, gave a talk at Rotary titled: “Is There A Book In You?”

I went home and decided maybe there was. When you retire, you have a lot of time on your hands, and that offers an opportunity to reflect on what’s really important in your life.

Travel to Italy and Switzerland with my wife was my first priority, and the second was maintaining the passion I had for plants and heirloom vegetables.

As I sat down to write the book, all the good memories I had from growing up as a weekend farm kid in Nebraska came flowing into my mind. My grandmother Eversoll was an outstanding gardener and teacher to friends, family and neighbors. I decided to dedicate the book to her because she took money from her small Social Security check to help me through college. She also encouraged me to write, and when I graduated from college with a degree in journalism and photography, I gave her a copy of my diploma.

Eversoll goes on to describe his entrepreneurial foundations with wildflower seed company Beauty Beyond Belief and hints at his forthcoming book “Secrets From My Grandma’s Kitchen.” You can read the full interview here!


24 August, 01:22, by Don

With all the unusally hot weather all across the country this summer, it’s imperative to water your garden a little more frequently than usual…and that goes double for the TOMATOES.   That’s because they normally do not have a deep, extensive root system, and those fine root hairs in the top 2-3 inches of soil dry out quicker than, say beets, carrots, or beans.  And while you’re at it, drop a couple of tablespoons of Miracle Grow For Tomatoes into a 5-gallon bucket and apply that to your ‘maters.  One more tip–keep building up the organic matter in your compost bin, water it once in a while, and make sure it gets hot.  This could mean you should cover it with black plastic to get the temps up where it will kill weed seed, and also ‘sterilize’ the stuff inside the bin, particularly dairy compost which contains animal byproducts.

North Forty News

11 April, 23:53, by admin Tags: ,

Thanks to North Forty News for giving Don’s book such a warm review! From the article:

“Secrets From My Grandma’s Garden” by Don Eversoll is a quick and delightful read for both longtime and new gardeners. In it, Eversoll takes readers back to his grandmother’s Nebraska farm where he recalls ventures down the garden path as “a trip into the heart and soul of a loving, gentle woman who cared deeply about teaching her grandkids a little something about how to grow your own food.”

From building good soil to harvest, Eversoll provides bucketfuls of tips to get a garden growing. He offers planting guides and homemade fertilizer recipes, tonics to kill garden pests and a host of little-known garden facts.

The full text of the article can be found here.