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The ducks have a new yard, my future tomato and bean garden. 12.22.17
I asked this on the Food group, but I may get more responses here. Will sweet potatoes grow in a container like regular potatoes, where you keep adding material that they grow in?
Sounds good Joan. I like the sound of a "Food Forest".
Spud, Seattle is developing a Beacon Food Forest Permaculture Project. You may not realize it, but you may be starting a new trend in your community. Pocatello, Idaho may become a Food Forest Permaculture Project.
"A food forest is a gardening technique or land management system, which mimics a woodland ecosystem by substituting edible trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals. Fruit and nut trees make up the upper level, while berry shrubs, edible perennials and annuals make up the lower levels. The Beacon Food Forest will combine aspects of native habitat rehabilitation with edible forest gardening. "The goal of the Beacon Food Forest is to bring the richly diverse community together by fostering a Permaculture Tree Guild approach to urban farming and land stewardship. By building a community around sharing food with the public we hope to be inclusive to all in need of food. "The Food Forest is set to include an Edible Arboretum with fruits gathered from regions around the world, a Berry Patch for canning, gleaning and picking, a Nut Grove with trees providing shade and sustenance, a Community Garden using the p-patch model for families to grow their own food, a Gathering Plaza for celebration and education, a Kid's Area for eduction and play and a Living Gateway to connect and serve as portals as you meander through the forest. "
Randy, a beautiful harvest of sweet potatoes. Some mighty good eat'n awaits. I like your brick ground covering. Very pretty way to manage getting out of mud and having a solid surface. Did you put it in?
Patricia, the video of the hummingbirds coming in through the open window to the feeder is a remarkable sight. The bird has the best of both worlds, access to freedom and the outdoors, and feeding in a safe place away from predators. What a nice idea. I wonder what the poop is like for a hummingbird?
Daniel, organic gardening makes good sense, with the understanding that it takes knowledge of the effects of an organic garden and what it produces. Management by using nature's chemicals, such as barnyard manure, adds more than just nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. The chemical components may not support the bacterial growth and microbial metabolism life the way that compost and barnyard fertilizer does. There are times when I cannot find a source other than petrochemicals. Using them sparingly enhances the garden. With proper management, it harms very few other things.
My soil is alive! Spreading compost around also spreads the earth worms and all the microbes that develop over a year's time.
Years ago, I used gasoline to edge the grass from the borders and it killed the grass very nicely the first season. The second season I had the finest growth of grass bordering and invading my border than ever before. That tells us something about petroleum products and its use in the garden, doesn't it!
I finally had a watermelon stolen a couple of days ago. It was one that grew outside the fence. It was just sitting there on the sidewalk, tempting everyone that walked by. Haha, I think they're going to be disappointed in the taste. Too much cold weather to ripen properly. So far, In the two years I've grown them, no one has leaned over the fence to take one inside. It would be easy to do.
I've been eating raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries for about 2 months. They are finally tapering off.
Randy, do you save some sweet potatoes for planting next year?
Nice looking spuds! I always wonder what happens to all the little ones that are grown commercially since the only the largest appear in stores.
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