Posted by diane armstrong on May 19, 2007, 4:50 pm, in reply to "Re: growing organic vegetables"
why raised beds--they dry out pretty fast. do you want that ? and unless you add TONS of compost each WEEK you run the risk of isolating the soil from microbes.|
i myself am putting in raised beds --raised to about a meter because i have arthritis and can't bend easily. ultimately, i will run chickens in the beds a la Chicken Tractor system.
i buy seeds from Thompson and Morgan in England as they have strict controls on storing and testing germination rates. I've been with them for over 20 years, some in Canada, and l5 in Mexico. My postmaster in SMA told me that it was perfectly legal to bring in seeds in a quantity sufficient for a home garden. He said , with a twinkle in his eye, if my seeds were ever confiscated that maybe the person had a garden too. i did not twinkle back as this was right after i had lost my entire seed order from Hudson Seedman
are you familiar with the Square Foot gardening system. I am on my third copy of the book and i will give you my second and terrible beat-up copy if you are interested.
last week i read about TeraPreta (or TeraPetra) --i was not blessed with the spelling gene) a super-rich, man-made soil that
supported a great civilization in--get this-the Amazon River heartland.
I 've found short-season seeds worked best in Mexico unless you are dealing with tropicals, which really freak out if you give them an hour more or less daylight than their mamas had.
plants in the adolescent stage --pre-edible--bore me but i love seed starting and i love soil stuff, and because i am a terrible gardener, i have some good books that i keep hoping will save me. i won't lend them because i refer to them all the time but they are there if you want to browse
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