According to the Stella Natura Biodynamic Calendar, today was an excellent day to sow seeds. Juaquin and Giselle used the flats we made a couple weeks ago and planted a variety of vegetables, flowers and herbs for our fall garden.
Juaquin preparing soil with a mix of professional potting soil, bone meal and Soil Secrets products (Earth Magic and Protein Crumbles (extracted from beans))
The two hoop houses we recently built got covered with old Remay cloth we brought back from our visit to Abbondanza Farm in Colorado last weekend (see video here). The material is quite worn-out and thin so we''ll be looking for some thicker fabric and have an offer from our friend Piper to help sew it properly.
For now, our seed boxes have a home, protected from the harsh sun and birds who love...seeds!
A visitor holding a bowl of Purslane, (also known as Verdolaga, Pigweed, Little Hogweed or Pusley) harvested from the garden. Considered a weed, Purslane is one of the most nutritious greens on the planet. Purslane has more beta-carotene than spinach, as well as high levels of magnesium and potassium. (Purslane recipes)
The garden is starting to look pretty luscious, and the clover we sowed on the path is starting to grow.
King George (AKA Ivava) is still recovering from his encounter with the creature(s) who got into the chicken coop two days ago and took away all the chickens. Fortunately, the turkey flock survived as they perch in the trees at night.
GARDEN PARTY Saturday 7/30 3:00-6:00PM
- Building seed flats
- Planting seeds in flats
- Finishing the new raised beds and transplanting peppers and tomatoes
- Preparing area for building the greenhouse
A promising event is happening at the Santa Fe Complex (624 Agua Fria) on Saturday as well:
Brainstorming a Sustainable Lifestyle in Santa Fe
Event co-sponsored by Sustainable Santa Fe and the Green Fire Times
Saturday 7/30 11am - 3pm
What would make a centrally located Sustainable Urban Village in Santa Fe, so compelling, such a great place to live, you'd move in??!! Share your ideas and visions in the September issue of the Green Fire Times!
To help spur your creative juices, develop your ideas, and collect your thoughts in a supportive environment, join a brainstorming/writing session on Saturday 11-3pm. More details here....