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Month: August 2017

“Eliminate the Terms ‘Tillage’ and ‘No-Till’”

“Eliminate the Terms ‘Tillage’ and ‘No-Till’”

“Eliminate the Terms ‘Tillage’ and ‘No-Till’” – The No-Till Farmer This is wonderful commentary on the dangers of of rigidly sticking to past ideas and terms about gardening and farming, which are constantly being improved by knowledge and technology. This is a mistake I have made in the past, especially with a determination to use zero tillage in my beds. For my Fall garden I did properly hoe out the soil to a loose consistency. And lo and behold my…

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Hugelkultur page updated

Hugelkultur page updated

I finally managed to fill out my Hugelkultur page. Check it out: Hugelkultur – Ground and Fury Also, some visual changes are being made to this site, so bear with me, this remains incompete!

Summer Harvesting, Fall Planting in the Home Garden

Summer Harvesting, Fall Planting in the Home Garden

One downside of gardening in the Palouse Region is that there is not the longest gardening season, and the chill and snow of Fall can come on rapidly. This year, after a long, cool, wet Winter and Spring the summer weather arrived out of nowhere, bringing 90 degree temperatures when it had just been 60. This meant Spring planting was brutal, and I did not get any real germination from lettuce, spinach, or carrots. (Though my lettuce I bought as…

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John Seymour on Sport Fishing

John Seymour on Sport Fishing

I often think of this characteristically amusing John Seymour quote from the section “Fish” of his wonderful book, “Farming for Self-Sufficiency” “The industrial working man’s sport of catching fish out of the fresh water canals, lakes and streams, weighing them, and throwing them back again, is as puerile as pulling wings off flies, but I suppose it is better than watching hired men playing football, for at least it gets its devotees away from a crowd. The men who do…

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The Wait for Finished Compost

The Wait for Finished Compost

One struggle I have had gardening has been a consistent lack of finished compost. My parents get wood chips dumped on land near my house, which would make beautiful compost except it rarely gets turned because the skid steer battery doesn’t hold a charge and my truck isn’t big enough to jump it. My first or second year gardening here, I loaded up woody compost which I thought was close to finished, only to find there was a great quantity…

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Ruth Stout Soil

Ruth Stout Soil

I’ve been growing skeptical of the Ruth Stout soil mulch method, which I used for two of the beds this season. I don’t know if it is targeted for this climate, but also think it may have been applied at the worst time for keeping seeds viable and giving them exposure when things are planted. Also, her claim that this doesn’t leave a towering mass of organic matter threatening your plants did not prove true. And it does seem to…

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Home Grown and Cooked Dinner

Home Grown and Cooked Dinner

While it has not been the best and most productive gardening year for me, with strange weather and extreme family commitments, I am still in a position to fry up some fresh home grown potatoes, onions, garlic. eggplant, and peppers with sage and thyme to put on top at the end. Always nice to have a healthful and delicious garden grown meal.