Presentation on theme: "Susan Lowman-Thomas April 2010. Why bother? Eat better Be healthier Save money Increase home’s worth Kill boredom Learn and teach Grow spiritually."— Presentation transcript:
Susan Lowman-Thomas April 2010
Why bother? Eat better Be healthier Save money Increase home’s worth Kill boredom Learn and teach Grow spiritually Help the earth Have fun!
Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmm Taste? Texture? Color?
Here’s to your health! More produce eaten Vitamin content = highest straight from garden Preschool kids who ate homegrown produce = grew up >twice as likely to eat more produce Stop worrying about food safety Get your exercise!
Here’s to your health! 90% of all fungicides & 30% of all insecticides are potentially cancer-causing agents Want these in YOUR body?
Frugality Rocks! Save on groceries Preserve food Save seeds Reduce waste No gym fee Sell crops
Frugality Rocks! Veggies in bags Blinds for labels Garden cloches (bell jars) out of bottles Toilet paper roll or newspaper pots Toilet paper seed tape Curtain row-covers
Frugality Rocks! Upside-down planters: Make your own! Tomatoes, strawberries Pop bottles Buckets Shopping bags Lots of how-to’s on web
How about your Curb Appeal? Ground coverContainersScreening
Lifetime Learning Lots to study! Different sensory stimulation Brain needs new challenges to stay healthy Brain activity related to immunity
The spirit of a place Relax De-stress Center your mind Get fresh air & sunshine Meditate Connect with nature Pray
Where it all starts: SOIL ! Is dirt the new Prozac? Is soil the BORING part of gardening? You feed the soil: the soil feeds the plants. Typical yard soil = 90% mineral residue & 10% decayed organic material A 5% increase in organic material quadruples soil's ability to store water Earthworms & other insects aerate the soil
I’ve got WORMS ! Vermicomposting = turning food waste into potting soil with the help of worms. What do I need? An aerated container Bedding such as shredded newspaper Moisture and proper temperature Small amount of soil Redworms (Eisenia fetida)
Micro-organisms recycle leaves & other plant parts They need an even mix of brown stuff and green stuff They also need air and water AirBrown Water Green
Take It Easy ! Lasagna gardening On top of grass Newspaper, cardboard, weed mat “Soil” Seed / start More “soil”
Square Foot Gardening Layout Boxes Aisles Soil Grid Care Select Plant Water Harvest
Love Those Tomatoes! Concrete reinforcing wire Fencing with plastic around it Cage with bubble wrap Teepee from pruning Single stake, spiral Trellis (wood, metal, twine) Crates Pots
Love Those Tomatoes! (2) Red mulch (20% more!) Newspaper or tin can (cutworms) Milk jugs
Succession & Double Planting Sowing each week… Sow in different spots Pair plants that ripen at different times Pair plants with short and deep roots Pair short plants with tall
Weeds: Get Outta Here! Ability of Crops to Suppress Weeds Good SquashMelons BeansPotatoes, Irish PumpkinsPotatoes, Sweet Peas, southernTomatoes Cucumbers Corn, sweet Poor LettuceBroccoli CarrotsCabbage PeppersRadishes Greens Onions Peas, Garden
Weeds: Get Outta Here! (2) Smother crops Mulches Mechanical Chemical
How about going up? Plants like vertical Higher yields Fewer pests Less disease
Can I grow all year? Covered raised beds Cold frames Containers