Eric Hanson wrote:Two years ago I had a huge abundance of wood chips left over from a major brush clearing project..
Abraham Palma wrote:
is cloth diaper better for the environment if we don't recycle laundry water?
If you wash them with eco-friendly cleaner (potash soap), I should think that it's more ecological. In the worst case, the poop goes to the sea and it feeds algae (though it can be recycled too!). Meanwhile, the disposable diaper requires resources (energy, petrol) to be produced and the waste is non recyclable plastic that pollutes for centuries and gets in the trophic chain. The cloth diaper also needed some resources (energy and fibers) but it last much longer, so I think it should use fewer resources. The reason disposable diapers are cheap is because we don't price petrol properly, because if we did we wouldn't be using much of it, to the petrol industry lose.
Stacy Witscher wrote:Hi Amay, San Jose is lovely and I hope you find lots of people to connect with. I'm no longer in the SF Bay Area, but I was born and raised in Palo Alto, and raised my kids in the East Bay. The climate is lovely and you should be able to grow lots of amazing things.
Paul Fookes wrote:...I was referring to climbing beans/ peas as a partner crop with your corn and not a cover crop.
Jen Fulkerson wrote:This is my version of a hugel beet. I decided how big I want the raised bed. I dig 18" to 2' into the ground. Then I fill the bottom with the largest wood I can get my hands on. We had some old fire wood that was punky, then, I did a layer of native soil I dug out of the hole, then small branches, sticks, stalks from sunflower, you get the idea. Soil again, then a layer of wood chips, then I did stuff I was going to compost, then soil, then I add organic compost, organic chicken manure, and organic soil. I mix that, and it is the top layer. I used cement blocks for the above ground part of the raised bed.
Nancy Reading wrote:Keep it fun.
Jen Fulkerson wrote:Congratulations Amay, I think you are on your way. It's great to learn as much as you can to help you be successful. I would like to tell you not to be afraid to fail. When it comes to gardening, no matter how much knowledge, and experience you have there will be failures along the way. Since most of us learn more from failures then success, it's not really a fail, but I learning opportunity. Though it probably won't feel that way when you are going through it.
I was wondering how you plan to keep the cardboard in place? I would like to suggest wood chips. You can get them free, and they do wonders for hard dry place like ours. I live in Northern California zone 9 b. Since you are renting, I don't know if this is aloud. Maybe just the areas you intend to plant.
As far as growing with minimal water use, top of the list would be a hugelkultur. If this isn't aloud, or possible, maybe a hugel beet. It looks like a regular raised bed, but has the benefits of a hugelkultur. I have both, and both work great for conserving water, and build amazing soil. There are also ollas. (A clay pot you put in the soil. Only the top for filling is above ground.) They make it so easy to keep plants watered with less waist and evaporation. You can use them in any garden application, even in pots. You can buy them, or YouTube how to diy them, it's pretty cheap and easy.
The main thing I want to say is just do it. Experiment, play around, try different techniques, find what works for you. For me gardening nurtures my mind, body and soul. Even the times when my hands are cracked, my fingernails are disgusting, my back is killing me and I exhausted, there is a feeling of well being, peace, and joy.
Good luck, I look forward the reading about your journey.
Paul Fookes wrote:
I have the lease at my place for another year and I hope to post daily(ish) updates on this thread as a journal for myself and anyone else interested.
This is a lot of work. Can you extend your lease? If this is a limited lease then you may be better to do potted gardening so if you need to move, you can take your garden with you.
Congratulations on starting your journey. Vegetables such as peas and beans can be grown with corn. Corn is a gross feeder. Peas and beans put nitrogen into the ground and will grow up the corn storks.
After the crops are harvested, just do a chop and drop to protect the soil and increase the soil vegetation.