• Grow Ten Tons of Organic Vegetables: Leeks, Onions, Potatoes, Broad beans, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Sweetcorn, Courgettes & marrows, Sugar beet, Beetroot, Carrots, Swede, Kale, Calebrese & Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, rhubarb & Strawberries

    In the same way that using exercise machines kills your body. True, if you don't know what you're doing and you aren't careful to use proper form and rotations with free weights and body weight exercises, you'll eventually set yourself up for injuries. But if you know what you're doing it can be much better for the soil than permaculture. It's absolutely possible to build soil organic matter faster than nature or permaculture would - while farming - but you need to use lots of compost & manure and be conscientious about it.

    OK, but give some thought to what you're going to do with 10 tons of produce. If you're ***very*** good at growing, you *might* manage, in a good year, to produce a very even, constant amount of everything, so you don't have a lot of excess. We've been organic gardening for 20+ years and running an organic farm for 9 years, and we don't have it down. Which means you're probably going to want to sell some, and that's a whole other instructable and totally frustrating. Only about 1 out of 20 people who say they want local organic food that are really willing to buy it regularly. And you'll find that local industrial-sized organic farms that have been doing it for 20 years have a lock on the market, and their plans don't include you. Farmer's markets are locked up by the same people. Stores are also locked up by those people, though you *might* be able to get in if you can produce a steady supply of one kind of perfect produce for them.Also, we'd need an instructable on how to deal with the IRS, township, insurance companies, equipment maintenance, etc. Really, it's a great thing for people who really love organic gardening, or grew up on a farm and know how to do most of it already. Otherwise, do what Tecwyn did, and spend years working on other people's farms and asking hundreds of questions. Oh, and read 30 or so books on the topic, particularly old ones from the 1950s and prior.

    In a year like this one, even being north of 34N isn't enough. We haven't had lettuce for two months because it was just too hot and dry to pull it off. Best year in ages for peppers though. Nightshades produce toxins all the time - that's why the deer don't really care for them. Speaking of which, we have lots of deer pressure in our area - the DNR practically gives away licenses to hunt here - but the deer don't go into our fenced areas. Our fence is a 3' high rabbit fence with two strands of electric fence above that, only ~4.5' high, but we've never had problems with them. I really think it's because we bait the fences, particularly early in the season. The young deer go for the bait, get a full blast of electric fence in their tongue, and vow to never come near it again.

    Actually, you're supposed to alternate. Plow in one time and out the next. Also, you're not supposed to moldboard plow all the time - that builds a plow pan. Alternate moldboard and chisel plowing and you solve that, since the chisel plow breaks up plow pan.

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  • KenC7 commented on The Culinary Camper's instructable How To Make Easy Campfire Pizza3 months ago
    How To Make Easy Campfire Pizza

    Leaving for a two-week backpacking trip next week. Pizza? No way! Got to the third sentence - "dutch oven or large cast-iron skillet". OMG No freaking way. Oh, right, different people have different definitions of "camping"...

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  • KenC7 commented on chrisnotap's instructable Diy Simple Soda Bottle Mousetrap4 months ago
    Diy Simple Soda Bottle Mousetrap

    Have to try this for our chipmunks. Then I can release them in the former landfill nearby to feed the cats and coyotes. Wouldn't be humane (apparently) to just get them with the rat trap, and they seem to have figured those out anyway...

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