Thursday, November 14, 2013

We Need More...

Working towards the goal of a self-sufficient food supply requires taking the initiative to plant new vegetables.  Lettuce usually has about a 10-20% success rate around these woods.  If the possums don't eat the growing leaves, the sun will scorch the seedlings or any number of other lettuce-killing circumstances will occur.  That doesn't mean I'm going to stop trying, so yesterday I tried some Greenpatch organic seeds in 8-in-1 punnets to test another variety.


Starting with a combination of horse manure and our house compost...


I added in a mixture of Organic Life and 5IN1 to make a perfect combination for starting these new seedlings.


The horse manure and our compost can be in the form of chunks, so this is a task where you really get your hands dirty.  It's important to break apart the horse manure because those droppings are nutrient bombs, and too much of a good thing can be overwhelming.


Look real hard, and you can see the seeds in each of those pockets, sitting 5mm below another layer of the soil mixture that I added on top.


We got a big rain last night (with some epic lightning and thunder that was shaking the house) but I protected these seeds from drowning.  A few more sunny mornings like today and we'll have some progress in these yellow punnets.

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