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Potatoes. Growing the perfect food.

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Permaculture Transformation In 90 Days

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Backyard Organic Garden

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Bunga Bakawali or Tan Hua (Epiphyllum oxypetallum)

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"Healthy Soil Microbes / Healthy People"

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Comment by Sentient Biped on September 4, 2014 at 9:23pm
Barbara good question! I imagine your part of Texas gets really hot. Dark stones might absorb the heat and dry them out too fast.

I would look for a wooden container, which I think would insulate better, and paint it white to reflect heat. If you used the tree ring edging that I used, you could still paint it white. On the insided sude, a layer of bubble wrap might help too.

Just making this up. I dont know how the tomato tower is made. If it is black plastic, I would be concerned it will get too hot.

I used wooden planters in the past, sort of like half wine barrels but not as big. Those worked nicely.
Comment by BarbaraSATX on September 4, 2014 at 5:24pm

Daniel, a question about your potato wishing well.  I'm going to be working with a young woman who helps people with edible landscaping.  I found online instructions for a potato tower using a tomato cage instead of the stones you used.  Yours is much more appealing and I wonder if you had tried anything else before using the stones.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 3, 2014 at 7:19am

How much corn did you get, and how much did you eat fresh?

Comment by Randall Smith on September 3, 2014 at 7:08am
Sweet corn all harvested and stalks chopped down. Big bare spot in the garden, but it looks cleaner.
Comment by Plinius on September 2, 2014 at 9:15am

Better try it indoors, Daniel.

Comment by Sentient Biped on September 2, 2014 at 8:16am

Chris and Spud, I have been trying to grow ginger too.  It pokes along, not dying but minimal growth.  About 18 inches tall, several stems.  We have such cool nights here.  I don't think its happy.

Comment by Sentient Biped on September 2, 2014 at 8:14am

Joan, from what I've read Toka is a great pollinator for other plums, and doesn't need its own.  My little tree was covered with flowers but only had 3 or 4 plums.  That may have been the effect of rain when in bloom.  But also it's only a couple of years old.

 

My garden is evolving too.  I've learned some of the plants that deer and rabbits love and won't plant them - tulips, muscari, most fruits, except in their cages, nandina.  And planting more of the plants they don't eat, even if a bit invasive - hyacinthoides, narcissus, buddleia - sterile only - violets, maples.  That madrone I was enthusiastic about, dead.  Won't buy another.  IN it's place, maybe, a ginkgo grown from seed, or Japanese maple volunteer.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 2, 2014 at 6:32am

Chris, it sounds like fun, seeing what ginger will do.  I've been checking out more articles and videos on growing it, and I may have planted mine too deep.

Daniel, I've been adding sulfur to my garden the last 4 years, and it appears to help acidify it.  I'm also adding more organic matter. 

When I lived 30 miles south of here, I had alkaline soil, and just adding a lot of organic matter made it neutral, so I have hopes that I can do better than my county extension agent indicated.

Comment by Plinius on September 2, 2014 at 6:24am

Room temperature Spud, that was about 26°C. or 80°F. in August. I kept it rather damp - when I thought of it.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 2, 2014 at 5:34am

Chris, how warm do you keep your ginger?  I read that they are a tropical plant, and so like warmth, as well as moist air.

 

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