Posted 21 February 2009 - 08:44 PM
Posted 21 February 2009 - 08:54 PM
Posted 21 February 2009 - 08:58 PM
you should never add manure to any food crop without at least 60 days for it to settle in, a real risk with manure on edibles is E. Coli.
p.s. never plant over a septic tank nor its' laterals.
Posted 21 February 2009 - 09:06 PM
Our garden is about an acre away from the Septic Field. We don't plant anything around the septic field. Hip makes an important point about that!
Posted 22 February 2009 - 03:44 PM
outside, i plan to begin march 1st with some cold frames built and ready for first sowing. i am thinking kale, broccoli, peas, carrots, leeks, lettuce, mache, radicchcio, spinach, arugula, parsley, and radish for the cold frames.
inside i hope to get all my tomatoes and peppers big and strong before last frost.
once the cold frame matures i hope to move some plants outside, converting the cold frames to hardening stations.
i will be experimenting with no-till spring wheat/clover mix, reaping and threshing by hand. 1/4 acre will be my start. found a local white wheat variety and using medium red clover.
i am thinking of buying some grape cuttings, and rooting them until next spring. also i have sources of raspberry canes and hops rhizomes. so will be planting those.
as far as garden goes, i am experimenting with raised and sunken beds.
we dont rototill, but we do sheet mulch every fall. we do dig though, to incorporate all undecomposed manure/cardboard/straw thats left.
i also want to test dutch white clover and vegetables together to see how they work against weed control. aka cover crop.
sunken beds are an indigenous technique used by southwest natives where water is precious. aka waffle beds or basin beds. i believe sunken beds are underutilized in areas where rainfall is scarce. it cuts down runoff, evaporation and hand watering.
fine tuning the successional planting, as that is key for food self-sufficiency. may your garden express the spirit of the earth!
Posted 23 February 2009 - 11:29 AM
I planted a garden last year for the first time. I grew Blue Corn, 3 different types (Roma-Rutger-Brandywine) of Tomatoes, Yellow Squash, String Beans, Okra and three different types (Jalapeno- Cheyene-Habenero) of Hot Pepper. At the front of the garden I had Spearmint, Chamomile and Tobacco. Everything grew robust except for the squash which got ate up by millions of stink bugs (neighbors did too, which is probably where I got them). The vegetables I didn't eat I canned in mason jars in PC. I canned a lot of tomatoes and hot pepers with vinegar (pickled peppers). Mmmm.
A lot of the seeds I ordered from horizonseeds (they are by far the the cheapest for quantity, plus USDA Organic), but some I got from a gardener friend of mine and a few tomatoes seedlings from a local greenhouse. My friend has inherited his garden from his grandfather and has been planting in it since he passed. So I have learned a lot about vegetable gardening from him and how to use all organic. Most of my neighbors have vegetable gardens as well.
I'll defintely put some pics up when I get my camera.
Good Luck to all the gardeners and hope everyone has a bountiful crop!
Posted 23 February 2009 - 11:34 AM
Posted 23 February 2009 - 11:37 AM
Posted 23 February 2009 - 11:47 AM
Ya I ordered from dirtworks. I think it was about $15 for a quart :eusa_doh:
My friend doesn't use any liquid fert or anything like that..just compost/manure and his does great too, but he has a big plot so for him it wouldn't be financially sound to use stuff like this.