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  • Wendy S. Delmater's picture
    Nov 19 2017 - 5:47pm by Wendy S. Delmater

    Is anyone else in this group using a cold frame? It's a great way to grow simple greens in the winter, using free solar energy. They require very little work to set up and not much work to maintain. We built one out of a sheet of foam insulation, cut up with a sheetrock knife, four $10 thrift window sashes, and duct tape.  

    But you can make a more permanent structure. Here's one with a brick base (source - Roedale) 

  • Wendy S. Delmater's picture
    Nov 11 2017 - 8:48pm by Wendy S. Delmater

    Here's a great article from the Old Farmer's Almanac on protecting your garden during autumn frosts. 

  • newsbuoy's picture
    Oct 21 2017 - 9:57am by newsbuoy

    http://www.fao.org/giahs/giahsaroundtheworld/designated-sites/near-east-and-north-africa/ghout-system/en/

    Summary

    Site location:  Le Souf, Erg Oriental, Wilaya d’El Oued, Algeria

    Area of GIAHS: 52 911 ha

    Population working for this system: 44 968 pers.

    Topological Characteristics: non fertile lands with aquifers

  • Wendy S. Delmater's picture
    Oct 8 2017 - 8:31pm by Wendy S. Delmater

    Show us some of your harvest this year in this thread. No mater how small, it matters. It's much, much better to be 5% ready to grow your own food than not at all. 

    Example: Above are just some of our pickled, canned homegrown jalapenos. We also made cheese-stuffed ones that are in the freezer, and there are more on the way. Lots of seed saved for next year.

  • Wendy S. Delmater's picture
    Sep 24 2017 - 8:46am by Wendy S. Delmater

     

    The Old Farmer's Almanac, which is uncannily accurate in its weather predictions (based on sunspot activity), is a resource I use all the time. 

    Here is a list of their first and last frost dates for 2017 for the USA. Look for your state, then the closest city. 

    https://www.almanac.com/content/frost-dates-chart-united-states

  • Adam Taggart's picture
    Sep 14 2017 - 2:17pm by Adam Taggart

    Nick Papadopoulos (aka Nicky Bobby), founder of CropMobster, is in the process of releasing season 2 of CropMobster TV -- its mission is to highlight best practices in sustainable food production.

    He's currently on a trek visiting every county in California and reporting on the success stories he's discovering in each one.

    The first three episodes can be watched below:

    cropmobster
  • Wendy S. Delmater's picture
    Sep 7 2017 - 12:02pm by Wendy S. Delmater

    Flooding in farm country after Hurricane Harvey. 

    Two Octobers ago my home state of SC was the recipient of rainfall maybe half as bad as that from Hurricane Harvey. Here are some lessons learned from that storm that may apply to situations like future hurricanes. 

  • heyitisjustin's picture
    Aug 9 2017 - 2:12pm by heyitisjustin

    I have a couple of compost tumblers that are in a somewhat sunny location. They initially were mostly food scraps but a few months back I added leaves. There doesn't appear to be much activity going on. Does anyone have ideas on how to improve my composting? I have a mouse problem already so I am interested in something that won't attract mice (otherwise I'd probably be successful with a simple pile).

    Composting
  • Wendy S. Delmater's picture
    Jul 25 2017 - 12:40pm by Wendy S. Delmater

    Few things are as traumatic to me as leaving my garden in the care of another when I go away for any reason. 

    We just came back from a two-week vacation, where we were checking up on friends and relatives we love who'd gone through things like heart attacks, job losses, recent bereavements, and decline due to age. It meant we had to hire what I call, for lack of a better term, a Garden-Sitter. 

    It's not the first time we've had to do this. I thought I'd share what we've learned over the years. 

  • newsbuoy's picture
    Jul 8 2017 - 4:13pm by newsbuoy

    Taking CSA to the next level. This would be a great application for a micro-crypto payment app. Front yards on the block chain?