How to Grow 100 Pounds of Potatoes in 4 Square Feet On many occasions, we've been tempted to grow our own potatoes. They're fairly low maintenance, can be grown in a pot or in the ground, last a fairly long time if stored properly, and can be very nutritious (high in potassium and vitamin C). Here's more incentive: according to this article, you can grow 100 pounds of potatoes in 4 sq. feet. According to this article from the Seattle Times, potatoes planted inside a box with this method can grow up to 100 pounds of potatoes in just 4 square feet. Lumber Seed potatoes Soil Careful attention to watering The Times' guide for building a potato growing box yields up to a 100 lbs. of potatoes in a mere 4 square feet is shown below: Plant as early as April or as late as August 1, with an approximated 3 month till harvest turnaround time. Here are some pointers from the article: Cut apart larger seed potatoes, making sure there are at least two eyes in each piece you plant. Seattle Times via LifeHacker.
No dig gardens - how to do no dig gardening by gardening the no dig way! Save electricity by hanging a clothesline in your garage Ah, the warmth of summer! Some folks look forward to the warmer months but dread the electric bills. With electric rates rising steadily over the years and weather forecasters predicting record warmth, the need to find more economical ways of doing things without using electricity is on the rise. One of the easiest and least expensive ways of cutting your electric bill is to hang up a clothesline. Electric clothes dryers use a fair amount of electricity.
Build your own solar-powered water pumping station by Jeffrey Yago, P.E., CEM In the last issue, there was an excellent article by Dorothy Ainsworth on water pumping using mechanical windmills. In this issue I will address another form of "free" water pumping. There are many remote applications where a solar-powered water pump is more cost effective than installing a conventional grid-connected AC pump. I recently designed a solar-powered pumping system for a local farmer wanting to pump water from a lake up to a watering trough for cattle in a distant fenced field. We have also designed larger systems to pump directly from drilled wells up to elevated storage tanks, which provide gravity-fed water back down to remote ranch buildings. Basic system description These solar applications made economic sense because the location was too remote to run a long power line. By adding a storage tank and increasing the size of the pumping system, excess pumped water can be stored, which can continue to supply water during the night or when it's cloudy and the pump is off.
Make Your Own Pop Bottle Drip Irrigation System | You Grow Girl The last time I forgot to water my outdoor potted plants and discovered them completely wilted and hanging on the cusp of near death, I decided it was time to take action. Some of the plants on my deck receive a full, searing sun all day long during the hottest mid summer days. While these plants thrive under such conditions if properly taken care of, they will die quickly if they don’t receive enough water. Although it has been unusually rainy this year in these parts, full sun deck plants will still get extremely hot and dry very quickly. One of the best ways to provide a steady water supply to your plants without your constant attention is the gradual watering system or drip irrigation. The materials you will need are as follows: 2 litre plastic soda bottle or water bottle that still has the lidDrill and small drill bitSharp knifeCutting surface Drill 4-8 small holes into the cap of the plastic bottle.
Save money by buying a refurbished Kindle or Kindle Touch - a Kindle review Why Buy a Refurbished Kindle? Why buy a refurbished Kindle? Good question. Here's a brief list of the benefits. Price- an entry level Kindle for $49 with a voucher, $69 without. The price is low, but this doesn't mean the Kindle's cheap.Build quality - outstanding look and feel - refurbished Kindles are certified to look and work like new, and they do.Warranty - refurbished Kindles from Amazon carry the same warranty as the new KindlesTotal cost of ownership - digital titles don't require the same physical space or resources to manufacture and transport. I'm not advocating giving up physical books, although when I've discussed the issue with bibliophiles, they acted as if I asked them to burn their books. There are plenty of online resources for obtaining ebooks. I've had my refurbished Touch for a few months now. Future Kindles Check out the features I think Amazon should include in the next generations of the Kindle eReader.
Windowfarm | starter permaculture So I’ll be the first to admit that I have no idea what I’m doing. I’m fully shooting from the hip on most of my endeavors as far as gardening is concerned and because of that, I fully expect to make lots of mistakes. To try and minimize my losses though, I’m hitching my bets as much as possible. I’ll be using at least three different techniques to start my seeds this season with hopes that at least one will work well. seed starting tray I purchased a coconut husk seed starting tray from Plantation Garden Centre (very nice people, please support them if you need anything) in the NW of Calgary, and yesterday I used the whole thing to plant basil, thyme, lavender, 4 types of tomatoes, parsley and cilantro. I also purchased a grow light from a local hydroponics store called Quick Grow (also very nice people and really helpful), and I figured out that under my desk is the perfect spot to start seeds. Picture below: Planting seeds After mounting the light, I put the seed tray under there. Caleb
Organic Gardening Information Top 7 Kindle Touch features Amazon should include in future Kindles 4. Ability to Change Text Size and Fonts in Each Book Changing the font size and spacing on the Touch changes it across the entire ebook collection. 3. The Nook Touch has a hidden bluetooth connection that can accessed when the device is rooted (hacked). 2. The Kindle Touch uses a modified version of the Android operating system. 1. A optional lighted screen model of the Kindle Touch would be nice for those of us who don’t like using a booklight. This isn’t meant to be a knock on the Kindle at all. Kindle Touch .
window farm « Cranberry Compost & Gardening Blog More Fun Garden Projects June 13, 2011 cranpup Container Garden, Farming, flower, Flowers, Garden Decor, Garden Design, Garden Projects, Garden Tools, Gardening, Hydroponics, landscaping, vegetable gardening, vertical garden, Window Farm cucumber, design, farm, farming, flowers, garden, greenhouse, grow, herbs, hydroponics, irrigation, landscaping, pvc, sprinklers, trellis, vegetables, vertical garden, window farm I found something pretty cool yesterday. Planting a garden in a 4 inch PVC pipe. Build a greenhouse frame using PVC. Build grow rack shelves for starting your plants. Make a nice sprinkler stand for your garden. Build a net house for your plants Make your own hydroponic garden. Build this beautiful cucumber trellis. Window Farming April 16, 2011 cranpup Farming, Gardening, Window Farm farming, garden, gardening, grow, window farm Window Farming Buckle your seatbelt and hang on, cause this one is just too cool! This looks like the kind of thing to have fun with.