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Seth Marshall

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Laurie Lockwood wrote:I'm in south central NH, zone 4 (mostly it's 5 around here, but we're in a cold spot)....

Thanks for your description!

Do you think they would grow in dry Colorado at 7500’ feet?  I’m in Zone 5 but snow doesn’t go away until May.

My house gets pounded with full sun all day in the summer and I would love something to put on my south and west faces. Because my house is built on the side of a mountain the basement is walk out and so this side of the house is three floors. I’m wondering if it would reach that far.

Harvesting would be hard. I hear the Anna variety produces a lot, but I’m not sure how it compares to Arctic.
1 month ago
Thanks for your reply!  
2 months ago
I’m wondering how to best make the tall steep Hugels of our dreams.  Is there a tool that could be used to help soil settle as we cover the wood?
2 months ago
I would also love to hear every detail on what you have learned from this process.  What, if anything, you wish you had done differently.  What works better than expected and what is lacking.

I wrote awhile ago asking if you knew about the Climate Battery design used where the tubes remain under the footprint of the greenhouse to 'charge' the earth underneath with warmth during the day.  This is a different design but from what you've learned how do you think it would compare?

I ultimately want to understand which designs work best.  I've even heard of someone using an old radiator as a heat exchanger with water running through it (along with a fan) and into barrels or an IBC tote.  There are also solar evacuated tubes that could be used to heat water storage tanks.  And I've seen the use of phase change materials to store and release heat.

I'm at 5b at 7500' and really want something that works for me, but I couldn't afford to do it twice if the first build isn't up to standards.
3 months ago

Julio Budreaux wrote:

Timothy Markus wrote:Thanks for setting me straight.


The BangQiao air-pruning containers I mentioned in my post above have replaced the RootMaker II blow-molded propagation cells/tray as my favored seed-starting containers. I thought you'd enjoy learning that since we had the discussion earlier in the thread. If you're interested, I'd recommend checking them out! They're very reasonably priced, as well.

Hi Julio!  I know this post is old,  it came upon it as I’m looking for a better propagation system and was interested in fabric pots for final growing this summer. Just the usual small garden items for a family. I live in Colorado at 7500’ and don’t have a greenhouse. My biggest problem is not being able to get an early start, we often get big snow storms in May.  I’m clear after Memorial Day but the next major hurdle I’ve discovered is the ground seems to be too cold for significant growth. Though we have crazy hot days with punishing sunshine in June, I don’t see significant growth until July.

I’ve always planted in the ground but last spring I used a 10 gallon fabric pot for a plant that seemed to grow much better. I even measured the temp on the top of the fabric pot and it was higher than the garden in the ground— I believe because the surrounding earth pulls the heat away from my normal garden.

So I’m thinking of planting everything I want (tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs...) in fabric pots that I can put outside as early as May (and bring them in when it snows or has a cold snap), and with the additional warmth from the earth not sucking the heat away I hope to finally have a productive garden this summer.

The fabric pots I’ve used are these: VIVOSUN 5-Pack 25 Gallon Plant Grow Bags, Premium Series 300G Thichkened Non-Woven Aeration Fabric Pots w/Handles - Reinforced Weight Capacity & Extremely Durable (Black)
Have you tried this type before?  Do they perform well for air pruning purposes which benefits contain plants?

Also, for propagation trays, why specifically did you NOT like the RM injected cells?  Why were the smaller  RM trays better for you?  Thank you
3 months ago
Interesting hugal!  This gives me hope.  Thanks!
I live in the Rocky Mountains and every time I dig my shovel strikes rocks, either big or small. Sometimes they are big and flat which makes for nice stepping stones, but the rocks are bountiful and of all sizes all the way down to pea gravel. I’ve been obsessed with removing them from the soil before planting anything.  I’m wondering if this obsession is unwarranted.

It’s easier to get the big rocks out, simply because there are so many small rocks I need to sift them out which is very time consuming.

I know rocks on top of the soil could have advantages. But are rocks an issue inside the soil?  Do they take up room which is otherwise healthy soil?  Or should I not even bother with sifting our rocks or removing the larger ones?
1 year ago
I live in the Rocky Mountains. Very rocky. My zone 0 is 6-10 inches of soil above hard decomposed granite. It’s rock that will break apart with heavy equipment.  The area I’m talking about it only 10’x20’.

Last year I planted tons of Dikon radish to help break it up. Sadly the soil was too shallow to hold water in the hot Colorado summer and they died with little progress in the roots.

My neighbor had an bobcat with a trencher that amazed me with its ability to crew through this decomposed granite!  Previously I rented a bobcat but didn’t think of the trencher attachment.

I decided to raise the soil in this area another foot or two.  I planned to plant annual greens with shallow to medium root systems.

But should I have rented to bobcat with trencher to break up the decomposed granite underneath it all first?

Is there any advantage to having this hard layer underneath?  Perhaps holding in moisture instead of it sinking down?  

In early spring when the snow melts this area is water logged, and along with the later spring rains. But summer on there isn’t a problem and I’ll need to keep it watered.

I plan to compost on the area in the fall and by October it will be covered in snow until April.  
Hi, I wanted to compare where I live to the weather on Sepp's farm.  I have never been there.  I did not know where his farm is specifically located but I saw he was born in Ramingstein so I looked at the data from there.  Here it is:

By the way, this is an incredible site to compare weather data from places around the world.  There is a section towards the bottom where it offers data specifically for gardening such as "Growing Season" and "Growing Degree Days" (which I still don't understand so if anyone does understand this please help explain).

If this location is similar to the exact location of his farm I am very surprised how cold it is and how short of a growing season he had, much less then where I live in the mountains of Colorado!  Although they have WAY more moisture than we have.  Still, I want to do my best to develop my humble plot to be as lush and bountiful as possible.

I would love to hear your thoughts!

(edit: changed the word "more" to "less"--I had it backwards)
1 year ago
Thanks, Daniel!  I just bought it on for $15
1 year ago