Welcome All! I'm a dreamer, I hope you are too! A Posse ad Esse, or From possibility to reality, is a general state of mind. I hope you'll share your possibilities with me as I will with you. Namaste~

March 29, 2009

humanure, lists and sprouts

Man-soil update/specs

Here's the information paper that the Sewer district provided for us. I think it's very cool that they voluntarily provide such good information to the community. Particularly since people are using this in their gardens. I won't personally, This all went on our back yard lawn,but as you can see from the breakdown there's nothing really to worry about. For me it's a mental block, just being honest. When we picked the soil up and spread it on Friday, it was a kind of spur of the moment thing. It worked out to our advantage though on Saturday when our lawn aeration guy showed up and did our yard. I had him go over the backyard twice to really open it up, and the compost and "humanure" was quickly filling in the holes just like planned! Today it snowed a good 3-4 inches so hopefully it will really work the soil down into the ground where it needs to be. Good timing huh?

One of the reasons that I wanted to at least take advantage of this free resource was due to the interest in it while I was teaching the Gardening class last weekend. So many people were interested in how they could build their soil, and a lot of them needed to do it "on the cheap". There were a lot of people curious about this product and I have little to no experience with it. This is a chance to get familiar and at the same time green up the back yard. The information pamphlet will go into my Master Gardener folder and will be used to answer questions in the future.

To-Do List
Renee from The Garden Desk mentioned that she was interested in seeing my task list that I had talked about last week, so I dug into my far too full desk drawer to pull it out for her. I mean, I wouldn't want anyone doubting my sincerity after all.This unkempt low-tech scribble is the actual master list, if you will, that A~ and I are whittling away at as the year goes on. It's really nothing much to look at, but is the result of some serious thinking and discussing.

We made a list of everything that we really wanted to get done throughout the year, big (like building a greenhouse) and small (like hanging some bookcase lights), and then we sat down and went through it to decide what order of importance we thought they should have. This process was a combination of trying to work out if maybe we had to have one thing done before another for any particular reason and haggling for our own personal preferences to get started first. I had to dig the list up because, while we still reference it to check things off and to see what else we had planned, we generally make up week specific plans on the fly throughout the year. If we have plans for the weekend we work around those, If some opportunity comes up that is time sensitive, things get jockied around. The biggest part of making the lists is so that you've identified what needs to get done at some point. You've put it on the radar. From there it's just a matter of working it in to the week to week routine. Hope this helps/clarifies. Good luck!
I thought I'd leave you with a quick update on my sprouts downstairs. These are the cold season sprouts. Kohlrabi, cabbage, kale, broccoli, lettuce and chard.They're generally coming along good, but the kale, chard and kohlrabi are doing great. My broccoli and lettuce were older seed and are not germinating like I would have liked. I planted a lot of them though so I'll be fine!

Hope you all had a great weekend. Catch you tomorrow. Oh yeah, any questions or suggestions. Anything your wondering about maybe. I just thought I'd ask in case one of the lurkers out there wanted to chime in.
Yes, I can see you out there...it's OK, you can comment ;-)


Eric said...

This is totally off the subject of your post (well it's still plants and gardening) but since you asked about questions...

I'm curious about your tomato growing method. I think you planted your tomatoes close together (1 ft) and used your trellis system for support. What have been your experiences with growing indeterminant tomatoes in this fashion? Can you talk a little about pruning specifically for your growing method? I know it's a little early in the season to talk about tomatoes, but I'm about at the point where I can plant outside (Zone 7b) and I'm trying to make the spacing decision.


Kory said...

how many weeks old are those seedlings, they look good. Nice and strong.

Holly said...

You called me out so I thought I had better say hi and introduce myself. I found your blog last week by searching chickens. I also live in Syracuse and was curious whether I could get chickens on our small residential lot. Reading your blog has got me excited for my 6 baby chicks that should be arriving soon and I am also going to start a garden this year. I just planted my peas and am still learning about everything so your blog is a great learning tool. Thank you!!

P~ said...

Kory~ they're about two weeks (give or take) and I have big hopes for them!

Holly~Glad you answered the call! And I think that's awesome that your right here in Syracuse. I checked out your blog too, looking good! I wish you the very best this year. Remember, gardening is a journey, you won't get there overnight, but when you do, you'll love it! Let me know if I can help you out at all.