Post by spacecase0 on Mar 19, 2019 14:59:17 GMT -5
prairiegardens, I have been testing plants that seem to grow calories with less sunlight, the two that I have found so far are potatoes and parsnips. and thankfully they also deal with the cooler weather that a solar minimum would also have. I think that beets also do well in conditions like that, but don't personalty have the correct climate to get much out of them
You know, just saying, we put about 9 calories into the ground to get out one calorie in industrial agriculture settings. Every garden tended by hand, every fruit or nut tree that is tended by hand, saves most of those 9 calories in...
Plant a peach pit, tend by hand, eat the peaches starting abut year 4. Not so bad. We need a change in focus, just not there yet...........
Those who grow even a portion of what they eat are saving the transportation portion of the fuel needed to produce that food, even with a tiller, grin. Nothing is all good or all bad. If you still have space for trees, consider food trees. They take very little inputs if adapted to your area. We like nut butters on our breakfast toast, and have a nut butter grinder....and several buckets of nuts down cellar. This week, I'll shell out hearnuts and we'll have heartnut butter. Yummy. Most years we have enough nuts to get through to new crop. Next week I might shell out hazel nuts.
My current garden is very dependent on a gas powered rototiller.
I need to experiment more with other methods.
I finally saw the light that at least for me rototillers are extremely inefficient, not to mention a general pain in the ass. I'm shifting entirely to no till and find it much easier, more fun, more productive. Paths and planting areas are permanent now, no space wasted between and around as I no longer need it to maneuver that stupid tiller. I use combination of hand digging, cover cropping, mulching to work just the area I want to plant rather than tilling the whole thing all at once. It's easy to reuse or fallow an area. For example I currently have a corn patch beginning to dry down, I'll soon strip the leaves off the stalks and plant pole beans. I'v been digging potatoes in another area, it is being fallowed for now and piled with weeds and grass clippings. I'll plant something there later to mature in cooler weather.
Nothing ruins a neighborhood like paved roads and water lines.
I use a similar method as reed. My garden area is 1,200 square feet, so fairly manageable. The hard work is breaking new ground. Once you kill the sod, a tiller isn't so handy.
Growing in a coastal zone 7a in the Northern Hemisphere. Hot humid summers and cold snowy winters. Plenty of rain. Sandy loam topsoil over clay subsoil, whatever the glacier left behind when it made Long Island.