Post by Joseph Lofthouse on Feb 4, 2011 12:41:23 GMT -5
Here's a photo of the field I'm adding to my garden this summer. The truck is on one corner of the field. I took the photo from the opposite corner. The field is on a south facing slope. I've been watching it this winter. Snow melts quicker than in my other fields indicating that it's a bit warmer. I'm hoping that means earlier tomatoes, muskmelons, and watermelons.
Since I am doubling the size of my garden this summer to 4 acres, I'll be offering u-pick and priority mail boxes of vegetables. garden.lofthouse.com
I am excited about the collaboration that I've had this winter with a lady that lives about 30 miles from me. We have shared seeds from our gardens. I think it will really help my garden grow better.
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. Buy my book or subscribe to my newsletter at Lofthouse.com.
Post by mnjrutherford on Feb 4, 2011 14:26:51 GMT -5
What an awesome adventure you are about to embark on! I'll be praying for your back and your knees! ;o)
Jo - A developing farmer based on Bible teachings. Diversity, research, and chemical independence are key. Our top soil is about 12 to 18 inches of depleted sandy loam. Under that is a layer of light colored clay. Our sons will soon have more information as they learn to dig deeper and deeper holes.
I cannot even imagine tending a 4 acre garden, good exercise though . I would think you might find some really good regular U pick customers if you let it be known in the right circles. Lots of networking and internet forums with people searching out quality food.
I am adding another small 50 x 50 plot and a little more permaculture type plantings and orchard , that is a challenge enough for me being so novice, if you could call it 'green' it would be a sickly shade with room for improvement in my case but I am working on it.
Last Edit: Feb 18, 2011 14:48:04 GMT -5 by synergy
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