Soil, Natural Cycles, Indiana & Germany Farm Reports, Peas (Ep 11)
Today: IAF takes a step back, and starts from the beginning: the philosophies of organic/biodynamic/no-till farming begin with good soil husbandry. Natural
cycles. Updates on crop losses in Norway, Germany, Indiana.
BOOK of the DAY: The Self-Sufficient Gardener (John Seymore, 1980)
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ITEM of the DAY: Grodan 1″ cubes, used for aquaponic/hydroponic starts:
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Show notes on wiki: http://wiki.iceagefarmer.com/index.php?title=IAF_Podcast_Episode_11
1. Daily Steps – 2:56
2. Ice Breaker – 8:18
3. Special: Intro to Self Sufficient Gardening: Natural Cycles and Soil – 12:43
SIX RULES of organic philosophy according to John Seymour’s 1980 “Self Sufficient Gardener”:
1. Work with, not against, nature.
2. Nature is diverse; so too must we practice diversity.
3. Must husband other forms of life in environments as close as possible to those in which that life evolved.
4. Must return to the soil as much as we remove/harvest from it (law of conservation I’d energy at work)
5. Feed the soil, not the plant
6.must observe nature as a whole, never any single part of it.
4. Community Feedback 38:36
– addition to the potato towers / tires in garden
added to: http://wiki.iceagefarmer.com/wiki/Tires
– note on plague
– wood gasifier
added to: http://wiki.iceagefarmer.com/wiki/Wood_Gasifier
Send your questions, suggestions, ground reports to firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Grand Solar Minimum News 43:52
“Worst flood South Asia has seen in decades.” 24 Million affected by flood now
Fungus making leaves change/drop, even in August
(if it IS a fungus, this is an effect of the wet summer, thanks to GSM.
if it’s not, then the leaves are changing/dropping too early, fall coming soon.
either way, this is due to the changes in the sun’s output, and concerning).
Norway’s farmers’ harvests PITIFUL
Just as David Dilley described, cooling/warming start from the poles, moves inward.
Makes sense to see it there first, although:
Gerd and Olaf have been farmers for almost 40 years. They have never experienced a worse summer.
“The animals do not want to go into this shit either,” says Olaf. “And if they go, their teats get dirty, and then milk quality can be a problem.”
Plant Hardiness maps (via Bob Felix, iceagenow.info):
Straight from the USDA’s mouth, zones are shifting — it’s getting colder.
Popocatepetl volcato erupts during Solar Eclipse
Translation of article on Solar Grand Minimum we’re experiencing:
Other headlines, not covered in Podcast (focus on solutions):
record cold in Russia,
the snowfalls in Canada (not at elevation),
noctilucent clouds over England
— these and MANY, MANY more, twitter.com/IceAgeFarmer
6. Crop Focus: Peas (47:53)
Nitrogen-fixing, great for microgreens, super easy to grow to seed.