Monday, June 9, 2008
The Omnivore's Dilemma
Rain while camping was the perfect time to dive into "The Omnivore's Dilemma". After reading this I couldn't wait to get stuck back into our mostly oil-free-garden.
The corn is bland and small - possibly a result of colder weather. Either way, still good chook food. (A far cry from the yields described here; "The Omnivore's Dilemma")
The carrots and leeks are coming along nicely with the frequent rain. Time to start thinning I think.
After reading that most Australian garlic is shipped from China fumigated with some toxic chemicals, I thought a mostly oil-free-garden should have plenty on the go. I planted plenty of cloves (pointy side up) near our rose bush. 1 clove yields 1 bulb.
The garlic went in where the Turmeric came out. I re-planted a few smaller pieces again in a sunnier position in front of our pond. (Not bad for 8 months from a couple of fronds)
The cauliflower has been overrun with slugs. So I blended up some garlic, onion and chili in water and sprayed it on - it worked for the rose bush... (I left a some of the blend to concentrate in the storeroom for next time).
Potatoes are my next experiment. I dug 2 troughs and placed a few potatoes in them covered with mulch. The idea is as the leaves keep sprouting you keep adding more soil from the piles either side. 80% of potatoes grow above 'ground'.
(The soil was feeling pretty good after a long spell with the chickens, plenty of scraps and coffee grinds from 'Urban Grind')