I'm still trying to figure out the
I'm still trying to figure out the
Farmer's Almanac April planting schedule
3rd-4th Poor Planting Days. Break Ground Or Cultivate.
5th-6th Favorable For Planting Beans, Corn, Cotton, Tomatoes, Peppers, And Other Aboveground Crops.
7th-8th Poor Days For Planting, Seeds Tend To Rot In The Ground.
9th-10th Plant Tomatoes, Beans, Peppers, Corn, Cotton, And Other Aboveground Crops On These Most Fruitful Days. Plant Seedbeds. Start Flower Gardens.
11th-15th Grub Out Weeds, Briars, And Other Plant Pests.
16th-17th First Day Good For Planting Corn, Melons, Squash, Tomatoes, And Other Aboveground Crops. Last Day Favorable For Planting Root Crops. All Days Favorable For Sowing Grains, Hay And Fodder Crops, And For Planting Flowers.
18th-20th Good Days For Planting Beets, Carrots, Radishes, Turnips, Peanuts, And Other Root Crops. Also Good For Cabbage, Cauliflower, Lettuce, Kale, Celery, And Other Leafy Vegetables. Start Seedbeds. Good Days For Transplanting.
21st-22nd Barren Days. Do No Planting.
23rd-25th Favorable Days For Planting Beets, Carrots, Turnips, Radishes, Onions, And Other Root Crops.
26th-27th Excellent Time To Kill Weeds, Briars, Poison Ivy, And Other Plant Pests.
28th-29th Favorable Days For Planting Root Crops, Extra Good For Vine Crops. Set Strawberry Plants. Good Days For Transplanting.
30th Poor Planting Day. Break Ground Or Cultivate
I finally moved the site to the new URL and all the posts and comments are all here.
Still have to set up the veggie blogs and it still looks a little different, but hopefully will get done tomorrow.
Demand that your representatives vote AGAINST the fake food “safety” bill:
Action Alert – Stop S. 510 or prepare for the nutritional dark age
It only takes a few seconds to enter your zip code, name and address to tell your representative to vote NO to food fascism.
The Patriot Act was designed to control and humiliate the people and I sure hope I never have to get on a plane again. The S. 510 Food Safety Modernization Act is designed to eventually force everybody to eat toxic factory food just like everybody who wants to fly either goes through the body scanner or gets groped.
While we grow SOME of our own food, we can't produce everything we eat. And it's not only about us, but who do you think pays for the medical care of the many millions of people with chronic and all kinds of toxic food induced ailments?
The $500,000 exemption for small growers is too low.
I looked up the U. S. Small Business Administration Table of Small Business Size Standards and it makes for some VERY interesting reading.
The LOWEST limits are $750,000 for crop production. Compare that to Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry at $7 million and Construction at $33.5 million. MANY businesses are only restricted to the number of employees. Food Manufacturing allows from 500 to 1000 employees.
BANKS can have $175 millions in ASSETS and STILL be a small business!
It truly sucks that I can't eat most of my favorite foods anymore. Just about everything in a box or can has corn syrup and unidentified “flavors.”
Here are food ranger Mike's thoughts on S 510: Continue reading “It only takes 30 seconds to say NO to big ag — act NOW!”
I learned in the Organic Gardening Yahoo Group that most straw and manure is contaminated with herbicides and that the cheapest way to test is to grow some beans or peanuts.
I tried to follow the instructions at Bioassay Test for Herbicide Residues in Compost: Protocol for Gardeners and Researchers in Washington State and here is what I got:
On 10/3/10 each pot got 3 beans (from a soup mix) and one peanut
On 11/1/10 I needed to make room in the greenhouse, I took the pictures and planted the beans and peanuts outside.
The garden soil definitely did best and the horse manure also did ok.
The Grow-Well mulch supposedly did NOT contain sewage sludge (as their “organic” mulch), but we don't buy any Gro-Well products anymore because they are as vile as Monsanto. This was the last of the Gro-Well mulch and we bought organic mulch in Vegas at Star Nursery on Easter for $27/yard (We paid $45/yard for the Gro-Well mulch).
A few weeks ago we stopped to talk to a landscaper feeding his wood chipper in Kingman and we now have a source of FREE wood chips, pine needles and of course lots of native plant chips. We just got our 2nd load and that's as cool as it gets.
We had purchased the straw at the feed store on Stockton Hill (Kingman), primarily for adobe. I asked about herbicides and the guy didn't know.
We used some of the straw as mulch in August, thought the light color would reflect the summer heat. I'm sure glad we didn't use a lot, mostly by our grapes after I planted peas and beans. I wondered why next to none germinated in the part with the straw and now we know why.
Here's an excerpt from Leslie's excellent page about herbicides: Continue reading “Test results: herbicides in our straw, our horse manure is ok”
We were finishing our salad bed remodel/addition and planting onions, chard, beets and a spicy salad mix when I noticed the sky.
Here's another pic: Continue reading “Sunset chemtrails in the Joshua tree desert”
About a month late, we finally ordered our cover crops last week. Peaceful Valley has a great selection, but they've been out of some of the items I wanted to order for weeks and I was overwhelmed as there is so much to read.
I called them, hoping to get some advice for our climate and soils, but nobody was available and I ended up sending an email. Here is the response, as it's helpful to all who don't know much about cover crops: Continue reading “Cover crops – our Peaceful Valley order”
The Farmers Almanac Gardening by the Moon Calendar is determined by our age-old formula and applies generally to regions where the climate is favorable.
1st-2nd Best Planting Days For Fall Potatoes, Turnips, Onions, Carrots, Beets, And Other Root Crops Where Climate Is Suitable. Also Plant Seedbeds, Flower Gardens.
3rd-6th Grub Out Weeds, Briars, And Other Plant Pests.
7th-9th Favorable Days For Planting Beans, Peas, Squash, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes, And Other Above Ground Crops In Southern Florida, Texas, And California. Fine For Sowing Grains, Hay, And Forage Crops. Plant Flowers.
10th-11th Good Days For Planting Above Ground Crops And Leafy Vegetables Such As Lettuce, Cabbage, Kale, And Celery Where Climate Is Suitable. Start Seedbeds.
12th-13th Do Clearing And Plowing, But No Planting.
14th-16th Plant Tomatoes, Peas, Beans And Other Above Ground Crops, Indoors In The North, Outdoors In Lower South.
17th-18th Poor Planting Days. Kill Poison Ivy, Weeds, Clear Land, But Do No Planting.
19th-21st Good Days For Planting Above Ground Crops, Extra Good For Vine Crops, Where Climate Is Suitable.
22nd-23rd A Barren Period.
24th-25th Good Days For Planting Beets, Carrots, Onions, Turnips, And Other Hardy Root Crops Where Climate Is Suitable.
26th-27th Poor Days For Planting, Seeds Tend To Rot In Ground.
28th-29th Best Planting Days For Fall Potatoes, Turnips, Onions, Carrots, Beets, And Other Root Crops Where Climate Is Suitable. Also Plant Seedbeds, Flower Gardens.
30th-31st Grub Out Weeds, Briars, And Other Plant Pests.
I have a Frontier wholesale membership and they have GREAT deals on organic and fair trade spices, teas and soaps like Dr. Bronner's. Before I signed up I did lots of reading at their website and at About Frontier is info about their business practices. I liked what I read.
Frontier carries over 10,000 products and here is their online wholesale catalog:
https://wholesale.frontiercoop.com/whslpubl/FrontierWholesaleCatalog.pdf (LARGE file, takes a while to download)
LOTS of resources and monthly sales: https://wholesale.frontiercoop.com/store.php?Screen=resources
Frontier wholesale prices are usually about 50% off retail. I've seen some of their products at the health food store on Stockton Hill.
For orders over $250 there are NO shipping charges and that's why we're offering to order for others in the Kingman, AZ, area. Here is an order we're currently working on: Continue reading “Buying club: Frontier Co-op organic wholesale spice and tea order”
I can't believe it's SEPTEMBER!
The last couple nights in August it got down to 55 and we started watering the beds and large containers every 2nd day.
We had several PERFECT days, which I unfortunately spent working in the office all day and half the night. Sure hope we don't have another October freeze like last year — I'll try to upload some new garden pics this weekend.
Farmers' Almanac: September 2010
2nd-3rd Seeds Planted Now Tend To Rot In Ground.
4th-5th Fine Planting Days For Fall Potatoes, Turnips, Onions, Carrots, Beets, And Other Root Crops. Also Plant Seedbeds And Flower Gardens.
6th-9th A Most Barren Period, Best For Killing Plant Pests Or Doing Chores Around The Farm.
10th-11th Good Days For Planting Peas, Beans, Tomatoes, Peppers, And Other Above Ground Crops In Southern Florida, Texas, And California. Excellent For Sowing Grains, Hay, And Forage Crops. Plant Flowers.
12th-14th Excellent Time For Planting Above Ground Crops That Can Be Planted Now, Including Leafy Vegetables, Which Will Do Well. Start Seedbeds.
15th-16th Clear Fence Rows, Woodlots, And Fields, But Do No Planting.
17th-19th Any Above Ground Crops That Can Be Planted Now Will Do Well.
20th-21st Poor Planting Day. Kill Plant Pests.
22nd-23rd First Day Favorable For Planting Above Ground Crops. Second Day Favorable For Planting Root Crops. Both Days Are Good For Vine Crops.
24th-26th Seeds Planted Now Will Grow Poorly And Yield Little.
27th-28th Good Day For Planting Root Crops.
29th-30th Seeds Planted Now Tend To Rot In Ground.