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  •  getting closer, really (7+ / 0-)

    I could grow enough green beans and carrots to have 1500 calories per day all year. Those babies produce!
    My problem is I like to eat a little more adventurously than that. I grow about 15 different types of veggies, with emphasis on things that preserve well (tomatoes, peas, carrots, beans, spinach, etc) since there is only mrs kamarvt and myself to feed - the cats aren't into garden food.
    It was my first year with corn, and I will go big with that next year (already laid out the lawn-suffocating plastic and pallets). The neighbors have chickens, and we are currently deciding between adding to that flock or getting a couple of goats (dairy, dontcha know).
    Living on less than 1/3 acre (I call my operation OCD Gardens at Third Acre Farm) means I won't be raising wheat for breadmaking, and the goats will be rampaging through the gravel pit behind the houses.
    Potatoes are another project I'm looking to get into, but the very sandy soil is an impediment. I've been amending it with compost for a few years now, but I've got a ways to go before my soil coughs up the kind of yields I a shooting for. Hay bales are a great way to cheat lousy soil, but are no good for root crops.
    Thanks for the encouragement!

    Class war has consequences, and we are living them.

    by kamarvt on Wed Sep 28, 2011 at 08:18:38 AM PDT

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    •  Sandy soil is GOOD (7+ / 0-)

      You can always amend the soil with humus/compost and you get the best soil there can be.

      Just be determined to water enough to offset quick draining soil.

      Clay or heavy soil is a misery for most food crops and takes years to lighten to the proper tilth.

      Gypsum is a magic remedy for both light and heavy soils and a cheap supplement.

      I reccommend you get a copy of the FEDCO catalog- reading it is equivalent to a college course in organic farming.

      FEDCO Seeds Catalog

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