Andrew Sackville-West wrote:Rain!!!
denise ra wrote:Thanks for the reminder about Steve Solomon's complete organic fertilizer. I've been wondering if there was an easier way than his whole complicated amendment calculations.
Mark Reed wrote:Mathew, did you not get any cowpeas at all? I'd was hopeful that they might work for you. If some runner beans made it through the drought seems like cowpeas might have as well. I got a very nice harvest with approximately 20% of the total being those little white ones from Carol Deppe's strain. As usual I planted them all mixed up and am hopeful that some crossing took place. I have lots of seed if you'd like to try again with them.
Sunchokes are a fail here too. There are wild ones in abundance but they just have little tiny roots. Every time I have planted any they grew well for awhile but then some unseen burrowing critter has destroyed them.
I looked up Steve Solomon's fertilizer, what I found was a hundred bucks for enough to cover about 5% of my garden. Not gonna happen, not that it would have anyway. I toss in some chicken poo and a little wood ash from time to time but my garden hasn't seen anything resembling "fertilizer" in a quarter century or so. Composting all garden waste, weeds, leaves and other stuff collected around the property seems to work fine. If a particular crop might be perfect with purchased inputs I don't really care. Most things grow pretty good anyway and that's good enough for me.
Thanks for the photo of the balut egg. I thought that is what it was but wasn't sure. Don't think I'm quite up to trying that myself.
Again, not necessary, but I've seen the side by side comparison of stuff grown with and without, and the stuff grown with is both more productive and better tasting.
Mark Reed wrote:That is a nice turnip but it's way smaller than mine sometimes are. Mine generally volunteer and live through winter, I often leave them to rot the next summer after harvesting seed. One time I noticed a particularly large one. I just left it there and planted tomatoes around it. Sometime later on a very hot day I was bare footed while inspecting the tomatoes having forgotten about the giant turnip under the mulch. Suddenly my foot disappeared to above the ankle in something warm and slimy. Liquid turnip in the 90 degree sun! The aroma was in a word, memorable.