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I want a farm October 6, 2008

Posted by liajo in general.
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OK, maybe not a real farm, but at least five to ten acres.  I want enough room to have vegetable beds and greenhouses.  There are so types of vegetables and fruits and berries that I would love to grow and eat.  I would like fruit trees.  I don’t have any place to put any now without cutting down elm trees that range in age from 100 to 35 years old. 

I would really love to have chickens and goats.  Our town won’t let us have either in the town limits.  I would need enough space to keep them seperate from our dogs.

I guess I shouldn’t complain.  I know I have a lot more room to garden than say someone living in an apartment in the inner city.  I do have a greenhouse and vegetables beds, I just can’t grow everything I’d like.  I can keep buying fresh eggs and milk from the local farmers.  Now all I need to do is find a friend with fruit trees and trade with them.

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Don’t till the dirt!!! September 30, 2008

Posted by liajo in How to tips.
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I was web surfing last night looking for some advice on potato growing.  I ran across a great site with lots of useful information about potatoes and other vegetables and fruits.  I decided to look around the site a little more and clicked on an article about “how to start a garden.”  In the first paragraph the new gardener was told to till the earth as deep as they could.  I wanted to scream. 

When will well meaning gardeners stop giving such advice??  You should never till the earth.  There is an entire micro ecosystem under there that we can’t even see, but whose homes we are destroying.  These little critters are vital to the health of any garden. 

The easiest and quickest way to a new garden is to lay bags of potting mix on the ground open holes in them and plant directly in them.  Check this out on www.MotherEarthNews.com.  If you want a “traditional” garden then very lightly hand till the earth to a very shallow depth.  Next layer on a three to four inches of good composted soil and plant.  Never and I mean never till the earth as deep as you can.