Even though we grow the vast majority of our own vegetables and fruits (and herbs) in our rather expansive gardens, we are a modern family. The push towards more organic has actually been in large part due to our modern knowledge of the real effects of the fertilization and insect control methods of years past. I often laugh when it is implied that my organic methods are throwback methods to years gone by as the fact is while they share some commonality with methods of many years ago, it is m...
Somehow the garden finds a way of getting bigger nearly every year but this year is really taking a new approach. The strip of property that adjoins ours came up for sale. It is an old lot that has not actually been used for many years, with an old farm that was left behind in the mid 80’s was broken up and sold off after going out of business. This lot has never really been used being nothing but a rectangular lot about an acre in size with the old milk parlor on it. What us the use for an o...
I have been meaning to post this since last summer, but as always, life is busy. For mother’s day, my kids wanted to build my wife a water garden, complete with a fountain and water plants. We found a plastic pot, filled it with water and went down to our local garden center to pick out some water plants and a fountain. We found a little turtle fountain for the pot, sadly that 1st winter I forgot to bring it indoors. When everything froze the left over water in the turtle expanded a...
Not so long ago my neighbour put up an absolutely enormous greenhouse. I am talking the kind of structure you could easily have lived in. Full of the joys of early ripened tomatoes and two foot long cucumbers, he regaled me with long (and boring) tales of glass types and the optimum positioning for year-round sunlight. Now, don’t get me wrong, I have always liked the idea of growing my own veggies but I have kids. And therefore a lawn, a swing-set and a trampoline. No space for a...
Hi All: It has been 5 years since I built my raised bed vegetable garden. I used 2×12 rough cut pine and rolled on Boiled Linseed oil before construction. When I get approved for adding a “Project” I will post my construction method and will add some modifications I plan on doing in 2014 to keep the “cotton tail” varmints out. I can’t wait for WARMER and DRYER weather.
Now that I had a grow rack that I could grow some plants in, I needed to start growing stuff. It was the middle of summer, so I could do stuff outdoors, but I decided I needed to find out how good was my grow rack going to work and could I actually grow veggies through the winter with my setup. I had read about how the lights were not strong enough for plants to flower and grow fruit. Most of this information was coming from medical marijuana growers, who were growing for their own use or for...
Well the structure is pretty much completed, now to cover it. Because of my money situation, I was going to use plastic. All the plastic I found was between translucent and opaque, leaning toward opaque. I did not build this greenhouse to be opaque. I did put up one end on the greenhouse and here’s how it looked. Am I to build a mancave or what? I spend the next two weeks trying to find an acceptable alternative. I had seen vinyl, but none of the greenhouse places mentioned vinyl...
Build your compost pile right where you use it – in the middle of your garden, with a keyhole garden.
Set aside 2 hours to tie together a lot of ideas about collapse, soil degradation,peak oil, peak soil, the inevitable failure of big-ag, history worth knowing and practical knowledge about sustainable, organic, food forestry on an industrial scale using the (patented!) STUN method – Shear, total, utter, neglect. Lots of great ideas which can be applied on any scale. I now see that a perennial, 3 dimensional ‘garden’ will always outperform annual crops and is the be...
As I reestablish myself on a new continent, I’m excited to finally find myself in a place where a book like “Tree Crops—A Permanent Agriculture”by J. Russell Smith (published in 1920’s and this link downloads it free ) is applicable (because of the variety of trees available and the suitability of the climate) Much of what J Russel Smith wrote about in 1920 is still valid today,nearly 100 years later. We are still experiencing large amounts of soil loss each ye...
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