posted on Jun, 21 2011 @ 09:00 PM
reply to post by dubois
Ohh speaking of books..this one has always been my favorite.
as far as Foxfire.. I have the whole set of books. You can get them cheap off of Amazon as well.
We live in Southern Illinois now... last 6 yrs appx. Here on our little piece of land I have now 5 raised bed veg gardens and Im planning on another
one to be put in this fall for next yr. Id love to permascape everything, regardless of my neighbors and their demand for fluff annuals. Ive found
that I can plant pretty things, that produce edibles. They just havent caught on .... yet.
We have a patch with 5 raspberry bushes, spot with 4 blueberries, and Im working on my grapes.. they look not so great at the moment.. been a rough
year weather-wise. Im expanding the number of bushes next year. I also do a bunch of containers here and there if I want to throw in some extras.
Salsa tomatoes or something not necessary but wanted. WIth 3 of the raised beds I can squeeze 2 harvests out.. one late fall/early winter harvest. Im
not so sure about this year, its supposed to be a harsh early winter. I have a butternut squash addiction.. so of course I TRY to get 2 harvests of
them, doesnt always work.
I have just planted 2 apple trees.. but who knows how they will do. They look okay, but Im going to have to mulch the hell out of them if winter
springs on us early. They like acidic soil, so unfortunately Im gonna make my neighbor to the left even more testy than usual with a nice hot manure
and compost mulch this season. Ill offer her an apple eventually.. hopefully with a 60 MPH pitch if she complains. Im joking, we get along fine, she
is just more of an old city lady who thinks gardening happens to be.. too country!
We have a real stone large root cellar, but Ive been using buried trashcans with straw, and I swear it keeps the root crops MUCH better. I was packing
them in straw and sand in the cellar.. but give this a try if you dont have a root cellar or suitable place in your basement. Ive been keeping the
home canned stuff in the root cellar and added several shelving systems to keep the stock up extras in case of zombie apocalypse or something.
BTW, Im doing all of this and I live downtown in a mid size town in Southern Illinois on a large city lot.. in a century + old historic home. The only
huge gripe I have is that they will not allow me to have a few chickens.. and will fine me. I mean Im not going to run a chicken farm for Gods sake..
just a few laying hens. My dogs produce more noise and waste than a coupla hens. Im considering doing it anyway and see if they peek over my privacy
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