Gardening 2 Button pushing by Johnny Presentation by the Usual Cast of Characters
Stores • Will only last so long • Nutrients may be lacking
Gardening Is Sustainable • Fresh & flavorful • Loaded with vitamins • Can be expanded • Gives group members purpose • Good form of exercise • Gets easier as habits and routines form.
Soil Test • PH • Composition • Nutrient needs
Determine soil composition • Get sample of soil from surface down 8 to 12". • Fill a jar half way with this broken up soil. • Fill with water. • Shake 3 minutes then leave undisturbed. • Mark what settles after 30 seconds, below this is sand. • Make a second mark after 3 min, this area is silt. • Remaining area to halfway mark is clay. from Colorado State University
Build Soil • Compost • leaves
Build Soil • compost • leaves • worm bins
Build Soil • compost • leaves • worm bins • green manure • cover crops
Build Soil • compost • leaves • worm bins • green manure • cover crops • animal manure
Build Soil • compost • leaves • worm bins • green manure • cover crops • animal manure • untreated grass clippings • Natural vssynthetic fertilizers
Perennial Beats Annual • No need to replant each year • Often reproduces/spreads on it's own • Soil is less disturbed • More drought resistant • Easier to hide
Perennial VegetablesGrow More Food With Less Work • Ramps, or Wild Leeks – In yards here? Leaves and bulbs are both edible • Groundnut - Taste like nutty-flavored potatoes • Good King Henry - Spinach relative • Sea Kale - Hazelnut-flavored shoots • Jerusalem Artichoke, or Sunchoke - The crisp, sweet tuber can be eaten raw and used like potatoes • Lovage - Excellent substitute for celery in springtime soups. • French Sorrel - Add a lemony tang to salads • Crosnes, or Chinese Artichoke - Small, white tubers are crisp and sweet, and add a great crunch to salads.Read more: http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/perennial-vegetables-zm0z12amzkon.aspx?page=3#ixzz2R0H4A3QE
Seed Starting • Indoors, sometimes months before. Transplanting.
Seed Starting • Outdoors when soil temp is right for that seed/plant.