Thanks to Linda for inviting PTF to speak at the Pasadena Smith & Hawken store. We appreciate her enthusiasm and encouraging support. Also thank you to all the S&H staff there for a warm welcome.
Power Point Highlights
The presentation lasted over an hour. Here’s an overview of what Farmer D had to share about some of his growing tips and techniques.
- ~ 6,000 lbs (3 tons) annually of vegetables, fruits and herbs
- Supplying 99% of our produce needs
- ~400 different flora varieties over a year
- Over $20,000 in gross sales annually
GROWING METHODS & PRINCIPLES
- Integrated Pest Management
- Square-inch Gardening
- Bio-intensive / Beds
- No-till / Mulch
- Ancient Practices
- Edible Landscaping
- Vertical Gardening
- Container Gardening
- Multi-story Mode
- Dervaes Sr.’s Jungle Style
- Dervaes Jr.’s Max Out Method
- Heavy Mulching
- Natural Decomposition
- Use of Animal Manure
- Effective Micro-organisms
80% more efficient than drip irrigation
The water slowly seeps through the unglazed porous clay, directly irrigating roots.
Ollas virtually eliminate the runoff and evaporation common in modern irrigation systems, allowing the plant to absorb nearly 100 percent of water.
Ollas can help maintain a steady flow of water to plants because they dramatically reduce the need to water.
SUCCESSFUL SOWING with Soil Blocks
Seedlings grown in soil blocks form stronger root systems than those grown in containers due to increased oxygen to the roots and the soil blocks natural tendency to “prune” roots.
This creates a substantial advantage when seedlings are transplanted into the field, because plants establish themselves more quickly and, because of lessened root disruption, they are less prone to transplant shock.
- Prevents weeds
- Moderates soil temperature
- Adds extra nutrients to the soil
- Retains moisture
- Reduces watering
- Helps against soil compaction
Useful mulching materials: oak leaves, pine needles, straw and green “cover crops.”
BENEFITS OF EM
Uses and benefits of Effective Micro-organisms around the urban farm
In the Garden
- Promotes soil aggregate formation and soil compaction resistance.
- Improves seed germination and root development.
- Increases nutrient availability
- Improves crop quality: size, color, and shelf life
- Helps improve soil structure and porosity.
- Maximizes conversion of organic matter into soil humus.
- Increases beneficial native microbial populations.
Poultry & Livestock
- Deters flies.
- Controls odors.
REMINERALIZE THE SOIL with ROCK DUST
85% mineral depletion from soil during the past 100 years.
Level of minerals in fresh fruit and vegetables has decreased by 70%
over the last 50 years.
- Provides slow, natural release of elements and trace minerals.
- Increases the nutrient intake of plants.
- Boosts and regenerates soil.
- Increases mineral rich organic crop yields.
- Increases the growth of micro organisms and earthworm activity.
- Increases the storage capacity of the soil.
- Enhances flavor in crops.
- Decreases dependence on fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides.
“Square inch gardening” is a phrase used to describe our unique method of growing many plants packed closely together, emulating how plants grow in nature.
- Reduces weeding
- Saves water
- Acts as a “living” mulch
Ideal for urban gardeners with limited space or urbanite like decks, patios and balconies. Save watering, weeding, and tending each plant.
FACT: According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), approximately 75 per cent of the world’s agricultural diversity has been lost in the last century.
Open-pollinated varieties are the traditional varieties which have been grown and selected for their desirable traits for millennia. They grow well without high inputs because they have been selected under organic conditions.
CREATING A GARDEN INSECTARY — Natural Pest Control
Attracting and maintaining a population of beneficial insects are important to managing insect pests in your garden with a minimum of pesticide sprays.
Let nature do her work. Work slowly to restore a balance.
With this tips and more Farmer D encouraged all those present to LET’S GET GROWING!
You’ve asked for it and we are finally stocking the wagon with new garden tools & supplies