On the left is a hydroponic NFT setup. It’s really simple. The NFT trays are laid out on some Home Depot plastic sawhorses. The trays are American Hydroponic nursery trays. The reason for the nursery trays is that I am growing baby plants for restaurants. A nursery tray has holes that are closer together. The blue 55-gallon tank at the end holds the nutrient and the pump. I am constructing another one with wider sawhorses and 6 NFT trays for growing lettuce, Kale along with some mustards. I have enough of the 55-gallon tanks to create three of these systems. I have enough of the trays to probably make 12 of these systems. Perhaps later. In the system, I am growing Shiso, Purple Basil, and Red Vein Sorrel. The plants are growing in Grodan Rockwool plugs.
Yeah, I almost finished adding mulch to my new garden as you can see below on the right. Just a few more tractor loads and it will be all finished. Thanks to my grandson Dennis and his friend Mackenzie (community member) for moving everything over all the exposed soil. In a week, the whole 50 x 100-foot garden will be covered in about 18 inches of hay. There the Ruth Stout garden will sit until mid-April and just cook. On the left, are a couple of things. The black plastic cages will hold my grow bags in which I will plant all those crazy veining squash that would take over my garden. I will soon place cardboard under the cages. It will be late April before they get planted, as I don’t want any frost damage. On the other side of the fence are planted onions and garlic. While both of them would be OK even if it snowed, I have protected all of them with a layer of hay.
My next task besides growing more starts is to create a large sweet potato bed down by my son’s place. I am very lucky and thankful to have two of my sons living here on the farm.
That’s all for this blog. Hopefully you are working on your garden for the spring. If not, why are you even reading this blog?
It is my opinion that there is only one more year left (and it will be a bad one) to get started preparing for the Grand Solar Minimum. There are all kinds of crazy things going on, and not just the virus from China. I suspect that this coming spring will be much like the last growing season or worse. Things in the future will only get worse. The earth’s magnetic field is weakening and we are seeing a huge increase in the intensity of Galactic Cosmic Rays. This is causing an increase in clouds and cooling. The weakening magnetic field of the earth is causing the jet streams to go absolutely crazy. And to finish it all off, the sun’s magnetic fields are going into an opposing arrangement.
So cheers from Central Texas
Now is a good time and it is running out to:
Purchase seeds and start a garden
Take care of your family, friends, and neighbors
Look after the poor and those who have less than you do
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