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Another harvest is almost over for all edibles here, the freezer is packed
full for the winter consumption.
This being the third harvest here has made one definite conclusion;
Tomatoes don't need planting.
Each year tomatoes pop out of areas that we hadn't even wanted anything to
grow. Fact is, each successive year have been planted lesser and lesser
amounts of tomatoes. This year there were 4 survivors that were purchased
and all the rest regenerated from the year before with their own seed. Up
sprouted dozens and dozens of tomato plants (on the front lawn one year,
on the side of the house, on the side of the garage, behind a solar panel,
and of course in the garden).
So. Apparently Ohio is the Tomato State (and I can stop buying tomato
Springfield Ohio has good soil in my opinion; New Port Richey Florida does
This year was the first year for a "no-till" garden, which was not so
eventful. The garden looked like hell but for the most part the yield was
kind of surprising overall (there were two early-Spring frosts that killed
everything planted, twice but all-in-all I'd say it's been a pretty good
Farmers already know anything that might be typed here. A recent finding
was a revelation to me, there are some crops that only have to be planted
once or twice in a lifetime. For instance, in just one year of fennel
harvest in the small garden, there's been enough harvested to last for a
couple of years at least. Almost a gallon of fennel seeds are frozen in
the hopes that it will ensure longevity but I'm clueless about this kind
of stuff really.
Each year there are ALWAYS give-aways (which is probably how it is with
anyone with a garden or farm). When a pleasant or needy visitor happens
along, it's totally convenient to offer the visitor some berries or melons
or (whatever is growing at that time).
Not only is it a good feeling to have SOMETHING to offer another, but
oftentimes the visitor will PICK THEIR OWN! wooo woo (break day if they
Plastics and Earth
Next Spring's project and test will
be accomplished by placing one thick sheet of black plastic over an area
which will die-off all the vegetation, vegetable plugs will be placed in
the holes made in the plastic and will ensure that only the garden
vegetables will utilize the nutrients from the soil.
It is not known what the overall
effects will be using the aforementioned method, so only part of the
garden will be done in this fashion and the remainder of the garden will
be permitted unchecked growth of other plants along side the vegetables
that are not incorporated into the plastic sheeting.
As for the new greenhouse, it's been
decided to use it as a storage for the garden equipment thoughout the
winter. The walls and ceiling went up rather easily (not totally
reinforced or finished yet). However the one side that hasn't any tarp
over it will be the door and north wall which could be completed in a
rustic timber wood, so this will require the skills from somebody else.
2018 year marks the first that the Fennel has been allowed to go to seed.
By the time all is harvested 4 or 5 large spice containers will be full.
The process of collecting the seed seems as though it might be tedious,
but with another person the chore goes relatively quickly.
The individual branches are harvested as they mature turning a
Remove Fennel Seeds from plant
Re-purpose discarded remaining plant by composting or kindling. It doesn't
get any easier than that.
THIS CONCLUDES Page 3 of THE Garden
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