Monty Loree wrote:Hello,
I live in Regina, SK … Zone 3
We can grow between June 1 and Sept 15.
I have been mulching like crazy. When it rains the mulch holds the moisture nicely, but when it dries out, it dries out the mulch and then it's hard to keep it moist even with tap water.
Last year, I planted into really nice soil.. lots of humus.... and it was so dry nothing really grew up...
I am certain that there are permaculture principles to learn... so I am asking for help on this...
It seems that on May 30, we need to hit the ground running, and have very limited growing time.. if we make mistakes the season is over quickly.
Any help would be appreciated..... thanks,
Monty Loree wrote:Thanks...
I think what I'm seeing is that I need to study every water holding technique possible... hoop houses, mulch... hugelkultur... swales, berms ….. every possible thing to control and hold water...
Bryant RedHawk wrote: In Regina you might find that having a hoop house would benefit you greatly by giving you a longer growing season as well as helping with dry conditions during the growing season, along with reducing irrigation losses.
Jarret Hynd wrote:
There is also a technique from the tropics known as Banana Circles, which I adapted to create Tomatoes Circles. Having alternated between rows and circles for 4 years now, I won't ever use rows again for Tomatoes as the evidence is clear to me that circles are more productive. (at least in an outdoor environment)
Jess Dee wrote:Jarret - I am quite intrigued with your tomato circles. This would solve a couple of problems for me (what to do with greywater from the kitchen sink, and also growing tomatoes, as we don't generally water our garden, and they don't do well for us because of it). Can you elaborate on your technique? Thanks!
Jess Dee wrote: How many tomato plants do you put in the circle?
Jess Dee wrote: Do you plant a root crop similar to the taro in the article?
Jess Dee wrote:What else do you plant in that patch?
Jess Dee wrote: Do you rotate crops in the circles (or would you?) or keep the same plant set there each year?
Monty Loree wrote:This dry weather is going to make it so that it will take many years to learn basic gardening, and how to deal with dry...
The one thing that I did well last year:
I planted 50 tomatoes... and by each tomatoe, I put in a 6-8" length of weeping tile... - 4 " perforated pipe. So I was getting water right by the roots..
I cut 50 pieces of this pipe... and it worked well for the tomatoes... I was watering 1 hour per night... which got to be tiresome.. but the tomatoes were well watered...
I will probably have to do something like this for the rest of the garden...
Jarret Hynd wrote:
I have started to do ground-level, densely planted potatoes in recent years - talked it here. This may seem counter intuitive-based on what you originally explained, but the results I was getting from the traditional method were piss-poor at best. Note that I do not baby any of my plants at all once they are in the ground. Ex. The hugel potatoes got watered 4 times last season, but it was a real drenching/deep-watering.
I take our increasingly changing weather patterns seriously and am trying to prepare/adapt accordingly.