Chop Wood Carry Water Plant Seeds is a blog about Self-Sufficient Homesteading. How can we live by creating a sustainable bio-diverse world, instead of by consuming and destroying the only one we have? What kind of teaching have you got if you exclude nature?
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Most gardeners try to take the weeds away and just have bare naked soil so nothing can compete with the potatoes, right :) and of course I too remove all Thistles and other tall weeds as soon they get tall enough for me to pull them up. But White Clover is different and should not be looked at as a "weed" but as a Cover Material, a living cover material which not only suppresses other weeds but also binds extra Nitrogen via the bacteria living in their root system. Clover can bind atmospheric Nitrogen so once the Potatoes have taken nutrients the clover can be plowed under which will replenish the nutrients for the next year and introduce much organic matter.
Another thing Clover does is shade the soil and by doing this it keeps the soil moist. It also aerate the top soil which introduces Oxygen for the beneficial bacteria creating nice soil structure :) Not to mention all the sugars released by the Clover roots feeding all sorts of micro-life. Such soil is a LIVING SOIL which you don't get is the soil is naked :)
Cover your soil people, with wood chips, straw, hey, grass clippings, living white clover (red clover gets too high so stay with white clover) Happy soil covering :)
Friday, September 25, 2015
The cucumbers are growing very well even though the weather was mostly coldish and rainy. The yellow vegetable is Zucchini which didnt grow that well this year because of the cold.
The Leek is also growing extremely well and so are the Beets
These are all the Pumpkins (and some Squash) we've got this year; very small they are and not that many. Pumpkins need hot Summer (maybe better luck next year)
We have started with preserving Cucumbers and soon with Beets. The Tomatoes in the greenhouse grew much better last year. Again because they like hot Summer,