Here’s an interesting video from YouTube about back yard sustainability. Janaia Donaldson is interviewing Scott McGuire from Oregon about the project he’s running in the backyard of his rented property. The picture is lagging but that’s worst in the first 10 minutes when they talk face to face. After that they take a tour in
Photo by Squeezyboy. Birds normally take cover during rain but not the blackbird. It’s running around out there in the garden getting wet, but it pays. A lot of earthworms are crawling to the surface as fast as they can, just to get eaten. Sad story. For the earthworm at least. But why on earth
Planting three tomato plants in one grow bag creates a mess, although the self-watering boxes are prepared for three plants having three internal tubes reaching down into the water. When you’re dealing with cucumber plants it’s even too much with two plants in each grow bag: One cucumber plant in each grow bag is a
The new potatoes are just about gone for the year and that leaves the soil bare. This is bad because rain will wash nutrients down into the ground, therefore it’s good to have something growing all the time. In the picture you’ll find six new rows of spinach ready to take over from the potatoes.
I have this big 1000 litres tank that I collect rain water in, but I’m too lazy to actually carry the water in a 10 litres watering can out in the garden. That’s why I have installed a water pump in the tank to do the job. I’ve spent a long time looking for a
Last time I wrote about building a good bean trellis I only posted a drawing. Now I took the time to actually build it as you can see in these pictures. Each bean plant has its own bamboo stick to climb. Hopefully the beans will hang down on the outside of the construction because the
It pays to watch the soil moisture closely if you want large vegetables. I’ve had good results this year using my garden logging system. Actually my vegetables have gotten a little out of hand. I think the cat is a bit scared too 😉 : I’ve been kind of obsessed with soil moisture now that
Is it true that if you remove all except one of the shoots on chitted potatoes you’ll get fewer but bigger potatoes? In the above picture the potatoes with many shoots are in the front and the ones with only shoot are in the back. The plants in the back are smaller with less foliage.
I have five old apple trees in my backyard which are quite old. I would estimate the oldest to be about 25 years old, and it has a trunk diameter of 30 cm (12 inch): The problem I have with these old trees is that they grow like crazy. They have really dug in through
Birds like strawberries just as much as we do so some kind of protection is necessary for the fruits to survive. I made a wire mesh cage out of chicken wire with small hatches in the sides and on top. Then it’s possible to stick your hand in and grab some of the strawberries as