Using bone meal based vegetable and tomato fertilizer.

This year I am testing a bone meal based vegetable and tomato fertilizer. This is a natural fertilizer that provides not only phosphorus but calcium. Calcium helps avoid blossom end rot that can ruin a tomato. Update: I’m sure noone has read or followed the wet instructions… but if you’ve just come across this… DON’T… Continue reading Using bone meal based vegetable and tomato fertilizer.

Mildew Prevention methods for all the plants in my garden.

Zuchinni after two weeks oil treatment

Powdery mildew is a major factor in my decision NOT to plant cucumbers in 2019. Luckily I still have pickles in the cupboard, but for those who must have pickles …. try these preventative measures to get ahead of any mildew problems. 3  PREVENTION methods that won’t harm the bugs… Better site the cucumbers –… Continue reading Mildew Prevention methods for all the plants in my garden.

Experiments in permaculture with microclimates in a suburban yard

This year saw unintended permaculture experiments, and one in the making. I never installed the replacement soaker hoses in the flower bed.  Instead of trying to salvage what couldn’t tolerate the semi-arid conditions it became another experiment in conservation.  Next spring I will take inventory of what comes back. I do not intend to water… Continue reading Experiments in permaculture with microclimates in a suburban yard

Permaculture in the high country; practical use and guidance.

A new view of growing food and forest in the same space.

Permaculture Practice Where to start is to read The Permaculture Design Course Handbook. It leads you through the 11 design principles whose goal is a community of plants and animals acting in coordination for mutual benefit. When thoughtfully placed near each other (relative location) each element provides at least three functions for other elements. Principles… Continue reading Permaculture in the high country; practical use and guidance.

Vege Garden Planning 2018

Like all things in the world the garden creeps towards entropy without diligent effort. After many years of only needing a bit of cleanup, the raised vegetable beds need maintenance. Replace soil in most beds to remove powdery mildew spores Repair irrigation chewed by varmints Paint fence Replenish mulch But this year I would also… Continue reading Vege Garden Planning 2018