Well, after many months of moving, projects, setbacks, and just plain having a “sour” attitude, I think I’m back! I got my “fever” back so we should hopefully be back on a more predictable schedule.
Kathy O’Keefe – Perth, Australia
Tim Ratliff in Memphis Tennessee
Stephen Graves in Kentucky
Too many more to mention
I want to deeply thank all of you who posted or emailed me directly.
As a result, ( and partially a new years resolution, I have given myself a schedule I will be aiming at.
My current plans are to post at least one new Blog post per week, posted on Mondays, and I want to produce one new podcast each week on Wednesday, with a Thursday release, just like this one. There may be missed deadlines, but I will publish a podcast every other week as a minimum.
I have new listeners sighing up every week, so I will be covering a lot of the basics, as I look at “Growing Your Grub” as aimed at the beginner to intermediate gardener. Heavens knows a lot of people know far more than I. I just share what I have learned and what has worked for me.
Clyde’s Garden Planner
In this episode, I describe a tool that has become a “must have” for me, and it’s very inexpensive. It is Clyde’s Garden Planner, and it works just as well for Fall Scheduling as it does for Spring.
We were mentioned on Sustainablog.org this past month, and I wanted to thank to folks over there for mentioning us with a link It’s an interesting website on all aspects of green living, sustainability, and much more. Give them a look at http://www.sustainablog.org
Vertical Vegetable Gardening by Christine McLaughlin
I recently read a new garden book from Chris McLaughlin on “Vertical Vegetable Gardening”. This book is full of great tips and ideas on small space gardening but she goes much much farther. Topics like Composting, Soil Building, and many more topics every gardener should know that will apply to conventional gardening as well.
They’re at it Again
Mark Bittman in the NY Times posted a very interesting article about how the city of Orlando Florida is threatening a homeowner with massive fines if he doesn’t remove/reduce his front yard food garden. Seems they want all to grow grass and not food. Mr Bittman ( Food Columnist and cookbook author) makes many good points during his discussion of this controversy.
DIY Soil Blockers
If you would like to save some money and start making your own soil blocks, here’s a simple plan on making your own:
Recent Activities on the Farm
Experimenting with DIY Solar Panels
Switched to Propane for Heat – Heatpumps don’t work that well in all areas.
Garage/Garden Shed – I’m building a Garage/Shop where I can start my plants, dry vegetables, and keep all my tools.
I have a new Tractor! With all this land, I needed something to help move compost, soil, and general maintenance, I now have a new Mahindra Max sub compact tractor. I have already tried it for leveling the ground, and removing some of the many rocks that live here.
Rotate among the 7 Vegetable groups
Carrots, parsnips, parsley, dill, fennel, coriander:
Broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, radishes, turnips:
Cucumbers, gourds, melons, squash, pumpkins, watermelons:
Beans, peas, clovers, vetches:
Wheat, Rye, oats, Corn:
Eggplant, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes