Honor Bateman

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since Mar 17, 2015
East Bay, California USDA zone 9
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I haven't come across any permaculture books for Northern California, but "Golden Gate Gardening" is a good general resource for edibles. The California Rare Fruit Growers association might also be helpful.
5 years ago
I grow golden purslane. It is very high in omega-3 fats and can taste lemony or neutral depending on when it's picked. You can get seeds from Baker Creek.
5 years ago
Here's an article that breaks down the political hurdles that keep California from better managing its water.

http://www.vox.com/2015/4/10/8379221/california-drought-water-crisis
5 years ago
Anyone have experience with growing on someone else's land? I've maxed out my garden space and I want more. I'm thinking about posting on Nextdoor to see if I can find some nearby space.

What do you think would be a fair division of responsibilities? I don't want to put money into land I don't own. I'm assuming the landowner would get a share of the vegetables.

I feel preemptively grouchy about providing free labor if I don't have creative control. Maybe the best solution for that is to be clear up front about what I want to grow?

I'd like to put in perennial food crops; asparagus, rocoto peppers, walking onions, raspberries; and some single-harvest starch, like potatoes, squash, carrots and beets.
5 years ago
I use a compost tumbler because I have a small urban yard and someone gave me the tumbler for free. I would not recommend buying one. I think composting works much better when it directly touches the soil, so organisms can come in and out, water can drain, etc. The "tumbling" supposedly helps you to turn the pile more easily, but it's a joke. When you turn the (full) tumbler, everything inside sticks together in one big lump and just flops over onto the other side. There is very little mixing going on.

In my case, the tumbler is necessary because it can sit on concrete without making a mess, and it completely hides any evidence of composting from my neighbors. Otherwise, keep looking.
5 years ago
A very simple first step: get more farmers using drip irrigation. I'd like to see some state-level tax breaks for farmers who update their irrigation systems.

5 years ago