BTE, hugelkulture, hydroponics and other unconventional gardening

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Today, I picked up 4 more feeder gold fish to go in the 10G tank (total of 5 fish, each about 1.5" long). The lettuce I started in soil has sprouted well. Next up: transfer a bunch of those seedlings into net pots for DWC in the fish tank. I intend to put a divider to keep the fish out of the plant roots, and run an air stone to oxygenate the plant roots. Then, I will set up some Kratky tubs for more seedlings. Looking forward to comparing Kratky to DWC aquaponics to soil culture.

Bought a ginger root to plant in the hydroponic garden. From my reading, ginger and turmeric produce VERY WELL using this method.

Loving the seed catalogs for lazy entertainment. I'm thinking that a perfect green manure crop just might be: buy and sow a bag of beans from the grocery store: perhaps a combination of yellow eye, jacob's cattle and kidney beans. Then, there's a tried but true method, (from the Dick Raymond days): block planting bush green beans or short vine english peas, or sugar snaps. This allows green manure soil benefit combined with mass harvest for the table benefit.

Priced alfalfa seeds for sprouting at the health food store today. $26/# at the health food store. Crazy! Sprouting mix of lentils, adzukis and mung beans was similarly priced. Or I could buy the same varities of beans in the organic section for $1.50 - 3.00/#. Guess which ones I bought?! Still need to find a decent price for the alfalfa, though I may have to resort to that robbery price. A single tablespoon of seed will yield about 3 cups of sprouts. So, that ends up being a cheaper and better nutrition option for winter greens compared to buying lettuce at the store.

bought some cholecalciferol rat poison for the HT. I hate to use any of these type of products, but... the rodent damage there is such that I consider this winter's greens to be a total loss. This product is the only one that currently passes approval for organic gardening. The risk of secondary poisoning is much less with this product. And it's half life/breakdown in soil is very speedy.
 
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Today's google search: Ideal angle for the top of a cold frame: Add 15 - 20* to your lattitude to capture the greatest amount of winter sun. For me, at lattitude 45, I should angle the top of my cold frame 60 - 65*. That's a pretty steep pitch! I don't think that formula is totally realistic. Folks further north would quickly be approaching 90*. But... what do I know???
 
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