The carrots-under-burlap germination method is now 3 for 4, with this fine performance: solid rows and almost no weeds! The third attempt failed miserably with three different varieties, mainly due to underwatering (the extra drying effect of a very windy week wasn't given proper … [Read more...] about Burlap method strikes again!
We've been watering heavily (well, as heavily as our gear allows) for what seems like weeks. Rain has been teasing us, 5mm a few days ago after an impressive, all-day cloud build-up; last night, 2mm following a brilliant extended lightning show and promising bit of a shower that … [Read more...] about Water work
The one dark secret of this organic field, something you couldn't really tell from selected photos, is the prevalence of pigweed (amaranth, mostly or all Amaranthus retroflexus). About two-thirds of the garden seems to be completely saturated with pigweed seed. Weeding two or … [Read more...] about Extreme makeover
With only a little over an inch (25mm) of rain for most of June, and a near constant breeze on top of sun and heat to help dry things out quicker, we've had to hit the pond. Full irrigation here is a time-consuming process, involving dragging around and repositioning a network of … [Read more...] about Pond and pump
Since the start, the idea of a daily full garden inspection—"doing the rounds"—seemed to make sense. It sounds easy enough, but somehow, it doesn't get fully done all that often, there's almost always something that seems absolutely pressing to do early in the morning or in the … [Read more...] about Doing the rounds