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I try not to root-till my garden anymore either randy. I've also concluded that it probably does more damage than good.
All good information. Thanks.
I don't roto-till my garden before planting. So the plot doesn't look all clean and fluffy. I read where tilling does more damage than good. And I usually have decent results. When weeds get out of control, I may run the tiller through the rows. That is, if I can get it started!
Permaculture is a style of life.
"Permaculture is a system of design for sustainable and ecological living by integrating plants, animals, buildings, people, and communities."
Daniel, I agree that gardening depends on so many variables, one has to be responsive to whatever element presents. I, too, had a year and half of horticulture at a Land Grant College and had to learn a very different form of gardening when I discoveed Permaculture and the use of nature and natural processes to get the kind of results I wanted. I learned a great deal by gardening with my Dad and both grandmothers. They used a lot of folk methods that seemed to work. When I have a problem with a plant, I often sit down and remember what they did. That is a great way to learn.
Over the years, I forget what I learned at college, unless it is so deeply engrained in my mind I don't realize it. But I remember, vividly, what I learned from my elders.
In some ways I wish we had life after death so that I could tell them how valuable they are to me today and how grateful I am for having them as family. I also wish I could tell them how hurtful the interpersonal relations were for me and that families can live without violence.
Communication between and within the family members now are much healthier. We manage conflict and problems much better than the previous generation.
Growing a garden using no-till methods and growing a family using interpersonal skill, result in different outcomes than using tilling methods of farming and authoritarian methods of child rearing.
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Kathy, having grown children presents blessings and curses! Even though my twins were born 7 minutes apart, it as though they are 7 years. My daughter takes after her Dad, my son after me, and my adopted son had a stubborn streak like no one I know. All three gardened with me and didn't like it; too much hard work. Now that I am older, it is too hard for me, as well. I want every seed to count and grow to its full potential, whether child or plant.
Daniel amazes me with all the hard gardening he does. His photos jump right off the page as a plant nurtured by him.
Do you have any pets? Do they "Help" you garden?
Daniel, I wasn't able to open the references before, and now have had a chance to open and read them. There appears to be some valid and reliable information in them and i am grateful for these leads.
Your lilacs looks so pretty, I can almost smell them. I will discuss some options with Laura and see if i can get out from under the exposure to glyphosate and get a few lilacs and Weigela started. I had both in Spokane and loved them.
We have another night of frost predicted for Sunday night. Still hardening off greenhouse stuff.
Thanks, Daniel, for your quick response. I have essentially two questions at this time, and the Googled literature has conflicting instructions. I suppose some of the reports on "short life" of glyphosate in plant life have sponsors from the chemical industry. The information of the chemical staying in the soil may be from gardeners or land-grant colleges. I will pay attention to the sources as I further my search. My experience this spring is that I sowed many varieties of vegetable seeds in the greenhouse to get a head start on plants that take longer than 50 days to mature. The tomatoes came up correctly while few of my other vegetables and herbs showed sprouting through the ground. Some of my seed was old. My soil consists of homemade compost from kitchen scraps, horse manure that is now more than two years old, and trimmings from the garden. I replanted twice and now am going to use only seed starter mix from the hay, seed, feed, and grain store and fresh seeds. Perhaps I should go to the local hardware to get the seed starter mix. My second concern is the research about plants retaining the chemical in their tissues. Are the vegetables safe for small children? We have a gaggle of kids joining me in the garden. I teach them how to wash the vegetables before eating them, but I don't know about the salads and cooked ones I serve at the dinner table. Of course, I wash everything thoroughly. Our salads are very fresh, light, and especially delicious. Even the little ones eat what I harvest.
The sun shines, evidence of frost occurred last night, the greenhouse has seedling and plants ready to go out into the growing boxes, and I have energy for more than a couple hours of chores. Spring definitely continues and the colors of the forest of fir and cedars ripens with the growth of needles on the Larch.
Dominic had his "rub" this morning and I will give him a thorough brushing when we go outside.
The menu today includes a pot of beans and the fourth day of serving salad greens from the greenhouse.
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