Monthly Archives: March 2012

First swale

Swales are ditches dug on contour with the removed dirt placed on the downside slope of the ditch to form a berm. Water will get caught in the ditch and slowly soak into the ground. All sorts of plants can be planted on/in the berm to help hold the soil together and to benefit from excess moisture.

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to include more swales into the landscape as I wasn’t sure how well they would work with my soil. So far it looks like a success. Time to start mapping out my other swales.

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Seed starting

I’ve never really grown much from seed but seeing as that I plan on growing quite a bit more plants this year I should probably learn how to do it.

First, I needed to create a PVC seed starting rack to hold all my seedlings and hold my lights. I copied the design from The Self Sufficient Gardener who I believe copied it from someone else. His link has all the PVC measurements and parts listed. *Note: you will need 5-10′ lengths of PVC, not the 4 mentioned in the article.

 

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Cover crops

Cover crops are just plants that you grow for mulch and/or for tilling them back into the soil to add organic material.  I bought a cheap 10 pound bag of soil builder mix from Grow Organic.

About a month or so of growth

I trimmed the cover crops with a weed trimmer which might not have been the best idea as it was very messy. Next time I think I’ll use some hedge trimmers.

Trimmed

Dug in

Nitrogen fixing plants have small nitrogen nodules on their roots that can provide nitrogen to surrounding plants and soil. Root Nodules Wiki

Root Nodules

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HugelKultur Bed #4

Just a quick post on the 4th HugelKultur bed that I finished about a month ago. This will be my second 4′ x 10′ bed.

The small branches and twigs were supposed to go on top of the larger logs as a top-dressing but I didn’t realize my mistake until all the logs were in place. No, I didn’t fix the error.

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The Birthday Post

Today is my 32nd birthday and I’m not quite sure how I feel about that. “I wish that I knew what I know now when I was younger” is my theme for today…and maybe the year. On the bright side, I’m 32, not 42, 52, 62, etc.. Past mistakes only count against you if you don’t learn from them.

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Anyway, I’ve been seriously slacking on the blog updates so here comes the flood.

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