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The ducks have a new yard, my future tomato and bean garden. 12.22.17
I like all the rain I'm getting this spring, but it makes a muddy mess when I'm planting all the things I got from UPS.
Yesterday, I dug trenches for the 25 asparagus roots, but only planted 2 before heavy rain started, so I'm going to get out in the mud this morning and plant the other 23. Don't look forward to it, but if I had to go to church, that would be a million times worse!
Tomorrow, I plan on putting the strawberries, raspberry, and blackberry in the ground. That will be everything I received from UPS.
Barbara, I've forgotten. How old is your nectarine tree?
Wow, 11 years is ancient for a computer. I thought mine was ready to die at almost 8 years.
Randall, Good for your son that he is willing to take on job of creating new healthy soil. Are there no rabbit meat producers near him who want to get rid of poop? Or he could raise his own and wouldn't have to buy fertilizer.
'Russian Comfrey' is a good nitrogen fixer - can feed to animals although my bunnies aren't interested. Good for 'chop and drop' system. It will spread though so you have to be careful about breaking off roots. I'm going to use as mulch in the veggie garden next year. According to instructions the first year you don't harvest it just let it get established.
Don .... beary interesting :)
Spud, my little nectarine tree produced one nectarine, but rain and some cold nights stunted it and I doubt it will get much bigger.
Joan, be glad your computer still has enough strenght to do things on its own. Mine is now 11 years old and gasps if I want to do anything short of email and A/N.
Joan, after 150 years of conventional farming (corn, then soybeans), my son-in-law is trying to transform the soil "permaculturally" (new word!). He had it tested and was dismayed to find it totally depleted of essential minerals. Restoration is costly (fertilizers). And following the "chop and drop" method takes years to re-establish soil fertility. It's tough on Nate, an impatient guy. Thanks for the info.
"Chop and Drop" a splendid way to garden!
There are so many different ways to create a vegetable garden, permaculture style:
Or water sources dry up as I type. The cattle reservoirs get lower each day. We desperately need rain.
My computer does the oddest things. It duplicates sentences and paragraphs, and so a lot of what I type appears twice. I hope you can forgive my repetitious computer. I claim innocence.
Permaculture means to restore soils to fertility. Agriculture "mines" soils, leaving dead dirt behind. Permaculture will last for centuries. Agriculture lasts a few life=times.
Randy, I'm interested in what % of your nectarines taste good, when they produce.
A black bear--a smaller specimen than the bear that prowled around our place three weeks ago, judging by the footprints--tromped through the garden last night. Just missed my baby broccolis.
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