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GLP Gardeners have begun planning my spring garden using Ollas for irrigation
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[quote:Lancifer:MV8zNzQ1NTE3XzY3MzQzMTI1Xzk2MTRCODY2] [quote:Fluffy Pancakes:MV8zNzQ1NTE3XzY3MzQyOTY2X0REREUxQTA1] Ok Lancifer. I now have homework! Lol. The gardening revolution guy is in my neck of the woods. Very cool! Our beds are 8-12 deep. Not really deep, but I find it is quite sufficient for all of your standard garden plants. We also have a veritably endless supply of manure, so the beds get covered in that, sometimes after it's composted and sometimes straight to the bed to sit and age over the winter. Last year and the year before, our garden was taken over by bindweed. No fun at all. Have to re-do the entire thing, but have a plan for a chicken moat around it and that should prevent bindweed from creeping in. A reclamation project, if you will. Tried doing other beds scattered about, but it was too chaotic over three acres. It's going to cost a couple hundred for the weed barrier I need, but it's really not optional. Have beds in the greenhouse and do alright with it, but it can't quite cover all of our needs. Ok. Off to my homework. Cool thread, Silver Patriot! Appreciate it! [/quote] You can plant in your chicken moat (I have a design with plantings but it is for a Temperate Rainforest). All sorts of berries, inside the moat itself. On the outer edges Illinois Everbearing Mulberries, Russian Olive, etc. If you want to build the moat high enough you can string some aviation wire over the center of the run (so you can walk under it) and put in grapes/hardy kiwis etc to protect the chickens from too much sun and predators. In other words put in an arbor over the run itself. Try and make the chickens as self-sufficient in feed as possible. On the outer edge of the run, you could fence in areas and grow amaranth which requires little soil and is highly drought resistant. The greens are edible so you can let the chickens in once the plants are high enough to be over their heads, to graze. Then harvest the heads at the appropriate time and dry them out whole to feed the chickens with later. [/quote]
Might be winter but have begun planning my garden for this spring and will be using the ancient concept of Ollas for irrigation to save water effort and time.
We have a raised bed garden, purchased three commercial Ollas for melons, okra and cucumbers, and found a website to make Ollas as a DIY project for other boxes.
For those who live in areas where the ground freezes the Ollas will need to be removed from the soil each fall otherwise they will break.
Spanish Colonial Olla Irrigation Makes a Comeback
link to newscenter.nmsu.edu
Homemade Ollas 101 (Irrigation)
link to www.homegrown.org
Make Your Own Ollas
link to suburbanfarmonline.com (secure)
Native Seeds/SEARCH - How to Use Olla Irrigation
link to www.nativeseeds.org
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