Off-Grid Solar and
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
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
Springfield Ohio has good soil in my opinion; New Port Richey
Florida does not.
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 harvest still).
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 pick enough!).
Plastics and Earth
Next Spring's project and test
will be accomplished by placing one
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
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
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 brownish-tan.
Remove Fennel Seeds from plant
Re-purpose discarded remaining plant by composting or kindling.
It doesn't get any easier than that.
THIS CONCLUDES THE
Garden 3 P