From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agave I learned the hard way. Take it from me! Be very careful when trimming any Agave plant. A few week’s ago I decided to trim one of our Agave plants. I hooked up my weed trimmer “chain saw” attachment with its long pole and began to slice off the leaves one at a time. The saw cut through the leaves like cutting through butter. I was in shorts and as I cut the leaves the chain was throwing the sap an...
I’m very happy with my gardens so far this year. The fridge is stocked up with wonderful fresh organic veggies from both of my gardens. So far, I’ve harvested squash, peas, wax beans, green beans, purple pod beans, french string beans, fava beans, radishes, lettuce, tomatoes, dill, cucumbers, rutabagas, broccoli, and beets. Meals have been fantastic since the veggies have started producing. We have had ratatouille, grilled zucchini and summer squash, breaded and fried squash...
The good thing about ‘modern’ agriculture (ie: conversion of oil calories to food calories in an inert soil medium) is that it has gone as long as it has, ie: about 100 years. Now how could I say that this is good? Well, this means that the wisdom of the elders, as recorded in publications and books, and which will form the basis of future agriculture are now mostly royalty free, since they have been around for so long. This, combined with the internet, means that the resource...
What does a shed have to do with gardening? Well its where I keep my tiller and shovels and hoes and well you get the point. I’ve noticed online quite a few people wondering if you can raise or move a shed. Here’s living proof of how quick and easy it is. Normally I have one of my several gardens next to the shed as well but this year I had to put it off because the shed was sinking into the ground and being taken over by ground hogs. I had to raise it 4”. The shed is 10...
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...
My Square Foot Layout: Here are a few photos that I took while I was digging out the garden using my 4’ x 4’ grid. I made two of these grids that bolt together to form a 4’ x 8’ platform that sits on two sawhorses for cutting large sheet goods (plywood, beadboard, pegboard, etc.) with my track saw (I’m also a Lumberjocks.com member). As I was sketching out my garden plans, I realized that I already had the perfect 16 square grid to layout my garden. I...
Hello garden tenders! I have decided to stop waiting until I get my first home and start a mini garden this summer (if summer ever gets here in Minnesota) on my balcony! So, any suggestions? Here are my limitations:1) My balcony faces west2) A beatiful tree leaves the balcony mostly shady3) It is covered4) I can use some balcony planters, but no hanging planters. I am thinking some flowers, some veggies. Other than begonias and hostas, I have few ideas! HELP!! Thanks, Ella.
Even though were supposed to get a snow storm, I am confident the babies will be ok inside.That being said it was time to get the beds up and going. We decided that wicking beds would be best for us, with the cost of water going out of site. This type of bed uses much less water.The build:First off the beds were built from 2X8X10 treated lumber…(yes, I know its bad). As you can see, pond liner is used to seperate the wood from the soil. I used pond liner instead of plastic because I wan...
Last weekend my bride and I was watching a movie, in this movie the guy built a green house from repurposed windows and doors. Of coarse bells went off and I instantly lost track of the movie thinking of having a green house.I find from time to time….well maybe always, I tend to over think things and make them complicated when there is an easier way. This year I would love to have a real green house. I have made others in the past and they lasted about one season. For the most part they...
Peak Moment TV’s Janaia Donaldson interviews and visits Trathen Heckman’s home to see his greywater system in a suburban neighbourhood.Now his system is in California, so some adjustment may be necessary for colder climates, but he does talk about a diverter valve (which, in his case is under the house) which then effectively allows the choice to divert or not to divert the greywater into his outdoor filtration system and dispersal. At the moment, I don’t see how greywate...
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