Originally posted by SeenMyShare
I was actually looking for implements to attach to the garden tractor when I ran across this pdf. It's really a decent guide to how much to plant and
Amount To Grow
It's set up for a family of five but all you have to do is adjust it to suit your family size, the quality of the soil (good means less planted, poor
means more planted), and your growing season.
I'm putting a whole field in corn this year that won't be harvested. It will be left to feed the wildlife. The rest of what I plant will be
preserved and seeds saved from the best for the following year.
edit on 21/2/2012 by SeenMyShare because: (no reason given)
Great thread and article S+F!
I like you mentioned "what" to plant. I've been studying Permaculture and I'll go one step further and ask, what to plant WITH what? Plants all
have natural plant and/or insect and/or animal beneficiaries. To get rid of pests you might just plant something that one bug eats, that plant has a
flower, and the bugs also, attract a bird that gets rid of all other pests, and so on.
Instead of tilling your land and fighting nature, you simply plant edibles that benefit from their certain surroundings. Also look at trees and
hedgerows as opportunities to plant more edibles (nut trees, berry bushes) and make as much of your structure work benefitting you, either by bearing
edibles, or by some other 2nd duty (homes pest controllers, creates unique enviro for edible mushrooms etc).
How much to plant? As much as you have the energy to plant, there is NO such thing as too much food when you are doing it yourself in a healthy
fashion. Think of this, you create 10x more corn than you needed or are able to eat. You can 1) give it away/barter to those neighbors you've been
meaning to meet. 2) dry it and save it as seed and/or feed for goats/chickens/cow 3) Grind it up as masa or corn flour and sell/trade/gift it to
people, I'm sure everyone would appreciate it, or you might make a comfortable side business that's fun and rewarding
My main focus is to ALWAYS work with heirloom varieties of seeds, and to openly share them with others who grow, since this encourages a healthy
sharing environment. People are engaged and talking to their friends and neighbors about intelligent, healthy ideas that can actually fix some of our
Soil health is another thing I've recently become curious about as well. I saw a theory that basically says since we are growing in the same soil for
hundreds upon thousands of years, it has become VERY non nutritional, lacking in tons of what it once had. Things like ash and natural compost are
essential, and don't til your soil, that upper layer is crucial, just weed out what you don't like (or mulch over with straw). If you have a rural
setup I'd suggest setting up a 'grey water' outhouse urinal for the boys, just uphill from the compost heap. Urine is a highly overlooked (and if
you eat healthy) a much more rich and natural fertilizer than the petroleum-based stuff the farmers use. Growing particular plants that benefit the
soil and put nutrients back is key (like beans put back nitrogen, work well near fruit trees, etc). Also for smaller urban farming you can just make
3-5 small 8'x8' raised beds, then make a lightweight 7'x7' open-bottom chicken coop (with 2-4 chickens) and "park" it on top of whichever bed
has just been harvested, and just keep moving it every 4-5 months as growing seasons determines. The chickens both fertilize, eat of remaining
vegetation/roots, and eat off all the bad bugs in an attempt to get at a few worms.
If I can't find a thread discussing sound farming techniques and/or permaculture, someone ought to start one.