Sunday, April 8, 2012

Upright Vertical Squash

 I found this garden on youtube, which is pretty impressive.  It Shows how to grow on limited space.  Demonstrates upright growing maintenance and care for squash.  Check it out.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Does a Bad Seed Float or Sink?

"Are my seeds bad?"

I was curious about floating and sinking seeds. So I decided to do some digging, or should I say diving?  What I found was that it really depends on the kind of seeds you're working with.

Found this post on gardenweb

Monday, March 26, 2012

Epsom Salt on Plants

Are epsom salts good for plants?

There is a bit of uncertainty concerning using epsom salts on your plants.  Research shows little effects, but gardeners have been using epsom salts on their rose bushes, tomatoes & peppers with obvious positive effect.

The general guideline for application is 1-2 tablespoons diluted in 1 gallon of water.  Applied as much as every other week.

Epsom salts include sulfur and magnesium, both of which are necessary minerals for plants.

Soil salinity - build up of excess salt (of varying types) in growing beds.  More than just epsom salt, many commercial fertizers are mineral based, and often times excess minerals that aren't used by the plants can build up in the soil.  As these excess minerals build up, it make it much harder for the plant to absorb water and nutrients.  Furthermore, salty soil diminishes moisture in the plant by sucking water out of plants in an effort to neutralize salinity.

More on epsom salts for plants on youtube.  FriedasGarden

So the short answer is yes, you can use epsom salts on your plants. Just make sure it's not too much or too often. 

Saturday, February 25, 2012

The first harvest!

Yes I know, it's still February, but I couldn't wait.  So here you have it, the first harvest of the year.  Two beautiful romaine lettuce plants.

Even though these plants could have gotten a little bit larger, I decided to go ahead and harvest them anyway.  I mean what can I say, I was anxious.  Well there's that and the fact that I found a chicken IN MY GREENHOUSE this morning.  She must have snuck in at night, and got stuck there.  Chicken bliss I'd say.  Fortunately the damage was minimal, but because these two plants were pushed over I decided to pull them.

Surprisingly, that wasn't the strangest thing that happened this morning.  You see generally I don't go looking for a missing chicken.  But I found one of the girls on top of the hen house.

Besides wondering how in the heck she got up there, I wondered, why?  My next thought was, maybe she got scared up there, and then I started wondering if the chickens got attacked.  This prompted me to do a head count, and sure enough we were short one.   Well after some searching I found her where I said, in my greenhouse, just chillin'.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Open Source Ecology

NPR had a story on a network of farmers, engineers, and supporters that for the last two years has been creating the Global Village Construction Set, an open source, low-cost, high performance technological platform that allows for the easy, DIY fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a sustainable civilization with modern comforts. The GVCS lowers the barriers to entry into farming, building, and manufacturing and can be seen as a life-size lego-like set of modular tools that can create entire economies, whether in rural Missouri, where the project was founded, in urban redevelopment, or in the developing world.

Check out the story here:

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Giant Egg

I was collecting the eggs the other day and I found what had to be the largest egg we've gotten to date.  I mean as far as eggs go, this sucker was like a bowling ball.  We held it up to the light and it looks like it could have up to 3 yolks inside.  Talk about an omelette maker, this would be the only egg you need.  Now i'm sure that anyone who has chickens isn't so surprised by this as it isn't that rare after all, but for everyone else, I love to share.