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    Schumachers have been working the soil for generations. The Schumacher family farm in Lexington inspired David’s father, John, to found a landscaping business in 1965 that eventually became one of the largest landscape companies in Massachusetts. David is proud to carry on that tradition with The Schumacher Companies.
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    The Healthy Garden

    By Tracy Milot

    There has been an explosion in the growth of small home gardens in the last five years. In 2008, the number of homes with a vegetable garden was approximately 36 million. Each year since then the number of homeowners gardening at home has risen approximately 11%. A recent study by the Garden Writers Association cites that the number of home gardeners in the US will reach over 55 million in 2013.

    Another study of home gardeners by the National Gardening Association found that three of the top four reasons why home gardeners garden was for better tasting food, to grow better quality food, and to grow food they know is safe. That same study found that their first priority for the upcoming season was to increase the amount of vegetables they will grow. The question facing most home gardeners is the same one I am faced with each year: how can I increase my garden’s yield of fruits and vegetables while at the same time keeping my garden safe from dangerous chemicals? Certainly there are a lot of companies willing to help.

    There is no shortage of products touting their miraculous abilities to produce more and larger vegetables in an incredibly short amount of time. Many also claim to do all that and keep pests away from my garden. I don’t want to debate the efficacy of these products, but I do question their safety and impact on our gardens. Most of these fertilizers and pest controls are synthetic compounds that, although they provide a short-term boost, can actually harm our gardens in the long term. There are a few, simple and very safe ways, however, to improve our garden’s short-term health that will also greatly benefit its long term health.

    May 02, 2014