Brenda Groth wrote:in my reading of F's books I was also drawn to the fact that there seemed to be a lot of pickled food, which I have always been told was NOT good for you, but F's teachings seem to lean toward those foods as beeing nutritious.
kinda left me wondering and wanting to learn more about the picked foods.
the Back to Eden books I had read really shunned pickled foods as "indigestible"..so I have a big curiosity about them.
Chris Dean wrote:Here's the update for this African keyhole bed. I have 6 very happy tomatoes in it, a squash with too much shade that's still doing well, and potatoes and sweet potatoes coming up from leftovers in the center composting area. On the south side I also have basil and oregano.
Some things I've learned
1. I should have faced the keyhole part to the south to maximize sun for everybody. This wasn't a dealbreaker though because everything seems quite content and is growing quickly.
2. This is a glorified, round hugelkultur. I'm not sure that the compost in the center is really that big a deal--this is producing as well as my other hugel beds.
3. Aesthetically, these are really nice. Still I prefer long raised beds. These are a lot of work and you can only make them so big because you need to be able to reach into the middle. I am building one more because I can't fit a long bed in one place in the yard. These would be nice for urban gardens where you care about what the yard looks like (we live out in the country). I threw ours together but it can be made a little more attractive quite easily.
The wood I used in the bottom had been buried for a year and then was dug up to put into this bed, so this may not be typical of a first year with fresh wood.
Kenny Garcia wrote:So iv'e heard using your urine when diluted with water is a good source of nitrogen for your plants and garden. But iv'e also heard that it contains salt and can kill earthworms in your garden. Would like to get your guys opinion on what you think? Has anyone been trying this for years, if so what were your results? Is it long term damaging to the soil because of the salt?
Interested in what your guys feedback.