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GROWING METHODS

  • Naturally grown
  • Heirloom seeds
  • No irradiation (ionizing radiation)
  • No chemicals
  • No herbicides
  • No pesticides
  • No synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents

SEED SOURCES

  • In-house harvesting
  • Baker Creek
  • Annie’s
  • High Mowing
  • Territorial
  • Seeds Now

PLANT SOURCES

Our suppliers will be from the same sources we get our seeds from.  If we get plants from other suppliers, we will update our site.

GROWING PERIOD EXTENSIONS

The following methods for extending the growing period will be used for fall and winter crops for 2018.  If you would like to keep up with our progress, please visit our Project section of City Homestead.  You can also find a quick access link at the top of this page and on every section of the site.

Main Greenhouse:

In the planning stages.

Hoop Houses:

In the planning stages.

Cold Frames:

In the planning stages.

GROWING MEDIUM:

  • Finished compost
  • Wood chips (mature beds)
  • Soil built on site.

SOIL TESTING:

We do not have a soil testing plan in place yet.  We used a kit to test the soil at Our Little Homestead, but we need to implement a regular plan.

CROP ROTATION:

Plantings are recorded in the Crops binder, under each key garden bed’s records.

Seven year rotation cycle:

  • First Planting: Very heavy feeders
  • Second Planting: Heavy feeders
  • Third Planting:Root crops
  • Amend the soil then:
  • 4th Planting: (Curbits)
  • Amend the soil then:
  • 5th Planting: Tomato or eggplant (but not both), Capsicum, Chili
  • 6th Planting: Legumes and white clover
  • 7th Planting: Rest (see below)

LAND RECOVERY:

Every seven years nothing is planted. The land rests for a full year. Any crops produced from the perennial gardens are left for wildlife and the poor.

COVER CROPS:

We have not selected our cover crops yet for 2018.

FRUIT TREES:

We leave the fruit alone for the first three years after planting.

When you enter the land and plant any kind of fruit tree, regard its fruit as forbidden. For three years you are to consider it forbidden; it must not be eaten. ‘But in the fourth year all its fruit shall be holy, an offering of praise to the LORD. ~Lev. 19:23-24