Tereza Okava wrote:
Where I was the farmers mostly focused on less finicky field crops (daikon, hakusai, negi, kabu) and the big crops were rice and tobacco. I don`t think I ever saw a pepper, cuke or tomato grown outside of cover. I lived in an apartment, but I farmed at my pottery mentor's workshop out in the sticks. Anything we planted was sheltered under other things (stands of bamboo or roofs). We mulched like nuts to prevent erosion- had lots of pine needles and bamboo mess.
There is a youtube channel called Fukuberry ...
I scrolled down the left side to find the vegetable plot business and found an old tomato video.
Shawn Klassen-Koop wrote:Wow that's a lot of rain.
I think the raised beds is a big plus. I suggest some big Hugelkultur beds because they will absorb some of the water and the rest will shed off.
Mulch can help some. But probably isn't enough on it's own for that much rain, unless you have a HUGE amount of mulch.
The more plants and the less bare dirt, the better.
wayne fajkus wrote:I guess it is fortunate that your rains are yearly and can be depended on, and planned for accordingly.
We had 2 years where we had a long rain season. My potatos and sweet potatos rotted in the ground. After that i created raised beds for them and the big rains didn't continue in following years. This resulted in an excess need to water the raised beds over ground plantings. My need is for adaptability through climate extremes.
Bryant RedHawk wrote:konnichiwa Amy, (hello Amy, for those who are wondering)
Monsoon like weather can really be a problem even if you have land that drains well. Your idea of mounds is similar to raised beds without the soil holding border?
From you photo (good looking plants by the way) I'd be checking into trying to set up some type of French drain setup if possible.
You need the excess water to move away from your gardens, hopefully there is a good place (stream?) to send that water so it will continue its travels to the sea.
I don't think adding sand would do you much good, unless we are talking about more than 10 sq. meters of sand.
I would try to build some standard type raised beds with a height of at least one meter to the soil level. (inside those a layer of sand around 20cm deep for drainage purposes)
With beds that tall and with the sand for better draining, you should be able to get a longer tomato harvest and all the plants would fare better over the rainy season.
If you do build raised beds, you could get some frost blanket material and build row tunnels over the raised beds, that would let you get tomatoes at least until the first frost and probably even longer.
(anything else you need help with or want other ideas/ opinions on?)
Amy Arnett wrote:
I want to cultivate some bamboo. Most of the wild stands in the area have been destroyed by boar. I guess the bamboo was easier to keep from taking over if you were planting under it each year and probably harvesting the shoots?
Amy Arnett wrote:My husband is working in forestry at the moment so we have access to cedar logs and branches. But he is skeptical if they are appropriate for hugelkultur? He says the will never rot, but isn't that part of the point of hugelkultur?
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