UPDATE on Hugelculture bed from 3 years ago. the mass has fallen from original height by about a third. guessing that the log has rotted and decomposed.
I have added more compost into the bed, last year.
This spring planted Cauliflower and one sweet potato slip that I had started. right now all is growing very well, and because of the cabbage loopers, I'll spray BT and then cover with garden fabric.
I've decided to build new compost bins this year, and when finished I'll post a few pics.
Last spring I built a raised bed, and filled with compost. I planted green beans and was a huge success. Last Sept. I planted a cover crop in that bed, and this spring I worked it under. (green manure)
Planted in the new bed potatoes, and tomatoes. As of this writing the potatoes have many flowers on top(I was informed that at this stage, potatoes need lots of water for tuber growth)
Tomatoes are 6' high and I had to add Lime to the soil because the first few tomatoes formed had blossom end rot. Fine looking tomatoes now, and looking forward to fresh good flavorful tomatoes soon.
Sweet corn has hit the roadside markets, and seems every year the price grows higher. $6.50 a dozen in my area.
While staying with Grandparents for a few days, Grandma made boiled cabbage, and a burger patty. no bun for the burger, she just didn't use much bread.(early KETO?)
I never had boiled cabbage at home, because Dad preferred potato over cabbage.
This evening meal....Boiled cabbage and a burger patty, and a small salad.
Takes me back to 1970.
Catie, Congrats on your progress! I know what I'm about to tell you won't be helpful this growing season, but help you next year.
I too am in zone 6b. On the shore of Lake Erie southwest of you in Ohio.
Last fall I emptied as much as I could, my compost bins, and added compost to top off my newly raised bed. I then planted (mid to late Sept.)cover crop, and now the growth is over a foot high.
A few days ago, went in and did the"chop-n-drop"method, then, like you added soaked cardboard. The plan is, all material will be composted, by the time I plant Tomatoes, and peppers in that bed.
Last year was two crops of green beans, which worked out great.
Usually in the Fall, beds would be covered with shredded leaves about four inches deep, but wanted to try this method so root growth would benefit the future crops. BTW, you know your on the right path when you see a big fat nightcrawler in your soil.
Always experiment and keep a "Garden Journal" so next year or three years from now, you can go back and see how successful your garden was, or(most of all) failures.
Keep up the good work, because there is nothing more satisfying than eating something you grew, or canned.
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:
It's curious to me, that as we age, we learn that food habits that were taught to us by our ancestors and society are detrimental to us as humans, and yet generation after generation, we continue teaching those habits to our children and grandchildren.
Even though I believe that many of my family and friends have terrible eating habits that are sending them to early graves, I keep my mouth shut. Not my place to be telling other people how to live. If they ask, then I bluntly tell them my beliefs. They rarely ask.
When looking at old pictures of family members, I can't help but notice how thin everyone appears.
Because of the sugar OD that some of us suffer, I have to ask......Has the ingredients of the food we eat changed? Most, if not all recipes have high amounts of sugar, and maybe "Old recipes" used honey?
Perhaps that it's so plentiful at grocery stores.......Or (sorry for getting off topic) maybe people were more active, instead of "binge watching" TV, or playing video games.
Sugar OD is definitely a real thing. Until I figured this out, along with wheat, I would get so much inflammation in my neck/shoulder area, and a screaming headache. Now because of the Holidays, I have my Grandchildren over to bake cookies. They take the cookies with them and none are left behind. This takes a lot of will power. I tell myself that the enjoyment of these treats(for me) are not worth the pain. If I want something sweet, I'll get a handful of blueberries, and seems to do the trick. When younger we could handle these high carb treats, but a cruel joke has been played on us the older we get.
After WWII, My Grandfather and Dad went down to the Railroad yard that was near our Town and tore apart Jeep crates, pulled all the nails from the boards. All nails were saved, and straightened. While my Dad was in Europe (Battle of the Bulge) my mom bought a small lot in town and after the war they built my Parents first house. Years later my Dad secured a building that needed to be destroyed. So my brothers and Dad tore down that building and hauled the lumber home, by then we had a small farm. My "job" that summer was to pull the nails and straighten, putting them into a coffee can. piling up boards that were true 2x12's that were 16 foot long. Dad somehow found old telephone poles and we used them for posts for a Lean-to for farm equipment.
True to my upbringing, while working in a factory, the company purchased new equipment and was shipped in long lumber. I convinced them to let me take it, instead of the landfill. so back at it again pulling out the nails and keeping them, for construction of a shed that I had built. Now my Son has picked up the trait as well, and maybe in a few years, my Grandsons too. Funny that I read this thread this morning, because a car dealership in a town I was in yesterday bought an old Motel, and was tearing it down, hauling it to the landfill. Sad.
"I wish I had a lab filled with highly accurate instruments, rocket stoves, pellet stoves and a suite of high power thermodynamic and mathematical software."
So Donald, set up a "GO FUND ME" Account and get with it! I'll help with a donation, and I would think Paul would be interested in that as well, If he is interested in taking this to the next couple of levels. After all this can't be a Mickey Mouse operation.
" UL Listed" they do all kinds of testing for safety, and how efficient the product is. If going on a grand scale .....building a ship able core say, would it not have some kind of testing?
This is a VERY WELL DONE Video Series. Kudos to all that was/is involved! I enjoyed the clarity of the video's as well as the incredible knowledge that is given.
Paul, this should be pitched to the PBS stations across the country, having your own documentary, and the sales would go thru the roof!
Hi Fellow Buckeyes
I wanted to post this from North Central Ohio, 10 minutes from the Sandusky Bay area.
A little bit about what's been going on around here lately. For most of the summer it has been very dry. The lawns here look like straw fields, but in the last week a good 2"of rain coming up from the Gulf Coast area
has blessed us and it looks like more on the way. The garden has suffered a little, but with 2 rain barrels that have helped ease the lack of rain some what. Last fall I built a Hugelculture bed and has already proved that
it has retained water for the tomato plants that are growing there. This bed is not like other Permies have built, it is a wooden box lined with rigid insulation (R5) large Poplar logs in the very bottom, filled with stump
grindings (wood chips mixed with dirt). In the spring fish meal, kelp meal, Lime and compost was added. Right now I have a very nice crop of tomatoes growing in there. I would like to post a few pictures, but I haven't
figured out how to do that yet.
I'm not in Northeast Ohio, however I am in North Central, the Sandusky area. I to am interested in the Permaculture movement.
I have a small garden along the fence line. I built a compost bin from used pallets, two rain barrels, and a Hugel culture bed.
You are located where?
I would say to write down what you eat daily. This will pinpoint what foods that cause inflammation.(bread, anything that has large amounts of sugar, cookies cakes pies) Then take those out of your diet. This may sound a simple, but it is a big deal.
I have had these tension headaches, and have taken all processed foods from my diet. I am always reminded when I eat the wrong things, such as when I attend a picnic, or a gathering, the headaches return with a vengeance. I try to think "is this few minutes of pleasure worth hours, and sometime days of pain? Also a good hot shower directing the hot water on your neck, and shoulder always helped me. Also a good massage in your neck, and shoulder area is worth the price. This may not answer your original question, but maybe getting to the root of the problem is worth your consideration. I feel your pain. I truly hope this is of help to you
#1 Land with water on it. Become self sustainable. Fruit trees, chickens, grass fed cows, and a big ass garden
#2 Some Gold, and more silver than Gold
#3 Buy stock in Tesla
#4 Tech stocks
#5 Don't tell anyone about it, if you know what I mean.
In my area, the residential homes rake their leaves to the curb, and the City/Township vacuum them up. If one would contact them, they would dump on your property? Tree service companies look for places to dump their wood chips as well. Worth a try. The more organic material the better.
You touch on two things that is lacking in our society. 1) Growing our own food. Starting out with Non-GMO seed, planting, growing, harvesting, then saving seed for next planting. Enjoying the wonderful flavor of a Tomato, or any other thing that has been grown in the garden, doing it yourself, one cannot help but be grateful. Not to mention how wholesome it is for anyone eating organic.
2) The schools are teaching the children how to be dependent on governments, power utilities, and of course they must go to College. Higher learning is always achieved by doing. When, and not if the electric grid goes down because someone hacked into it and shut it down, our society will be demanding that our government provide for them in time of need, and of course that will not happen. Knowing basic skills and being less dependent on others is always peace of mind, and being Grateful for the peace of mind.
Roberto, and Steven, thanks for your reply. I have since added more shredded leaves, and shredded tomato vines and other material from my garden.
Doing this, and the mild weather that we are having, should break down and heat up the pile.
Back in the fall (late October) a friend gave me three-five gallon pails of bat poop. I dump them into my compost bins,
thinking "Oh boy I'll really have some fine compost for planting in the spring." Then another friend rained on my parade.
What about bacteria, and all the nasty stuff? Shit. In my zeal about some mighty fine compost, I never thought about
the nasty. Now do I just use this compost for flowers only? or is this all for naught.