Post by Joseph Lofthouse on Mar 22, 2017 16:51:06 GMT -5
William: I love the Earthway seeder! Today I was feeling frustrated with having so many different varieties of tomatoes cluttering up my space, so I started dumping packets into a common lot of seed. I accumulated about 1/2 cup of seeds that way. Figure that they'll work great for screening for frost tolerance and direct seeding.
Silt/clay, high-altitude, super-arid, sun-drenched, irrigated-desert garden. Cold radiant-cooled nights. ~100 frost free days. Grow most of my own locally adapted landrace seed. GDD10C ~1300. Author of Mother Earth News: Landrace Gardening Blog.
Peas are germinating, lentils are up, miners lettuce is flowering, red maids are up, phacelia tanacetifolia is up. I spread some old sawdust in a vegetable garden path and some sand where I hope to rototill and plant Salvia columbariae and Salvia carduacea tomorrow.
Damn right! I got a farm you can come weed it out of.
I might rather weed it out of your farm. I know the ecology there and it's mostly prolifically seeding annuals like Bromus diandrus, Bromus hordeaceus, Bromus tectorum, Avena barbata, Schismus arabica, hordeum murinum, and Vulpia myuros. I have perrenial rhizomatous grasses mostly smooth brome (Bromus inermus) and Poa pratensis with obnoxious rhizomes that will not quit resprouting. I also have Cirsium arvense and Cardaria draba not grasses but if you want some weeding fun you should come visit me (probably right around too hot there). I'll set you up right with a bucket and a weeding tool. Also in my garden you have to know all the weeds by Latin name for the right to kill. If you come I'll be willing to reciprocate when it's too cold here- and I can already meet my Latin rule with your weeds.
Rototilled like crazy this morning. Planted some of the transplant tomatoes (no frost in 15 day forcast). Planted the rest of the chia I had in pots. Planted Quinoa variety campesino plants, some canton bok choi plants started from seed from farmermike . planted a pollinator seed mix. Planted bee balm, walking onions, chives, tomatillos.
Yeah; tilling is a priority, since it takes, at least, two passes to ensure reasonably safe planting; reclaiming fallowed ground is a bitch, but one must struggle against entropy. The notion that humans have conquered the environment is laughable; Nature bats last and She swings the heaviest bat.
"Yesterday is history; tomorrow is mystery; today is a gift, that's why it's called the present." E. Roosevelt "If the world is to end tomorrow, I would plant an apple tree today" Martin Luther
Planted today corn: Flour: Papa's blue My own blue in development Unity from JL Arikara white
Sweet: Hooker's My old grex Lofthouse Astronomy Yukon Supreme
Cucurbita maxima: plants: Boston marrow Ute Hidatsa seeds: Arikara Hidatsa Hidatsa x Jl Maxima small JL Maxima medium Rio Lucio Calabaza 2011,2012, 2016 seed Orange pumpkin x Lakota x Green Gold 2016 saved buttercup Bitterroot buttercup jL buttercup Uncle Dave's Dakota desert.