Aaron Festa wrote:@Joseph Do you amend your soil in anyway?
Scott Stiller wrote:The one on the left is big apple gourd. On the right is a flat Corsican. Both are simply grown for crafts. I'm a bit disappointed because they really handle the squash bug pressure well.
Tyler Ludens wrote:Personally I don't think small monoculture patches are a problem, especially if they're necessary to be able to grow something successfully. A larger polycultural design with little squash monocultures dotted around seems like it would foster diversity just fine. By moving the patches around every few years, it might help to decrease pests and disease that might build up if the monoculture were preserved over many years.
Jen Gira wrote:Joseph, I had meant to contact you (in some way) because as another experiment, I am going to try to grow a "Lofthouse grid garden" with your plants, and mimicking the way you grow in Utah. I am at nearly 6000 elevation and my climate is somewhat different, but I thought it would be a) a good permaculture experiment b) you would be interested to see how it goes here c) I could learn and then start to use my own adaptations and "hacks" and continue the genetic and regional diversity of landraces in areas that aren't always hospitable to growing (like the high desert)