The 2020 Garden Part 7 of ?

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


I eat an all plant diet and have for about a year. I am now 77 and have as much energy as I did when I was much younger. This book (PDF) is free. To get this Book go HERE.

The 2020 Garden Part 1 of ?

2020 is the year for a garden. Mini-ones, small ones, big ones and really big ones. Take a look where you are (physically as in where you live and lay your head at night) and then plan out your garden.

Don’t be a food slave!

The above graphic is a tribute to Ruth Stout and her gardening practices 

We Live in interesting times. If you have not noticed it is becoming more and more expensive just to eat and feed a family. That is the reason that I started this blog in the first place. Its all about surviving the Grand Solar Minimum. In coming blogs along with what is happening climate wise,I will be covering the following:

  • How to start a Ruth Stout garden bed.
  • Many ways of growing in containers.
  • How to grow in your home.
  • Growing food in your patio or open area in an apartment.
  • Seeds and where to get them.
  • Starting vegetable plants.
  • Growing potatoes and sweet potatoes.
  • Growing microgreens.
  • Simple hydroponic growing systems.
  • Ideas on having a community garden.
  • Long term storage foods.
  • Many more ideas and techniques on food and feeding a family.

The blog author is a microgreen grower (commercial grower) but I live on a farm, and we do have a community garden. Ya notice that word community? I am 76 years old, and I need a community. So will you eventually, and guess what, it will probably be too late at that point. Now is the time to start and don’t wait for EVENTUALLY. Eventually is usually a bad mother!


If you are really desperate for a place to grow, form a small community. Then find some people that are perhaps too old to actually get out there and work in a garden. Offer to grow on their property and then share what you produce with them for the use of their land. This option could also be on land that is not used. Find some property that belongs to the city or county that has available water and approach them. Find some land that you can pay the taxes on and own and use.  

Another Idea if you have no land:

Form a community. Find some land out in the country that has water. Rent say an acre or less. Make sure that the contract to rent the land is for 5 or more years. Put money in an account or cash to pay for a couple years of rent. You and your community are on your way. Just play nice with the members and make sure everyone understands their obligations. Have an “Oh Crap” this is too hard option and look for a replacement. Keep the money they may have invested. 

So what is on my mind?

Well that one brain cell is being overwhelmed by thoughts of this coming spring and the community garden we are building. Yes it’s a work in progress as it will not just magically popup out there in the spring. I have most of my seeds in hand or are on order. The wonderful trees around here gave up their nutrient filled gift by shedding all their leafs on the ground. It’s a blessing, as all we have to do is collect them which we are in the process of doing. We rake up the leafs onto a plastic tarp and then pull then into a large pile in the garden. The horses and chickens are doing their part with the poop side of things. My neighbor brings a large trailer of horse poop and hay every two weeks. There is no end in sight of this resource. 

I can tell you one thing, and that is you will never need commercial fertilizer if you compost what I have just mentioned above.  

This year my grand children are part of the growing. It will be their responsibility to make a list of what we will grow, and how we will start as in seeds directly planted or if we will need to grow starts. Also how deep and how close. They will then diagram where we will plant in the garden. Then it will be on to starting our starts. 

How can anyone ever know how to grow food if they were not taught? This applies to adults as well. I suspect that many of our young people and children have NO idea how to grow food, as it all came from the grocery store. If you think about it, if you don’t grow your own, you are a slave to the grocery stores and big corporations that really don’t have your interest at heart. 

They like the fact that you are a food slave.

Its not too late to get started even if its a very small choice. There are hundreds of ways to start a garden and grow food. Here is my recommendation on how to do it:

Get some seed and plants AND JUST START. There are so many things to grow. You can follow my many coming blogs on the subject.My next blog will be on starting a Ruth Stout garden and what you can do until you are ready to plant in it now and in the spring.

For your homework:

Go to YouTube and search for Ruth Stout garden and watch a few. Use the internet now while you can to educate yourself and many things that can be used to become self sustaining. As always, it’s a choice and yes there is probably beer and pizza in the refrigerator, so be happy and don’t worry?

Cheers from Central Texas where we have had a cool but nice fall so far.

I eat an all plant diet and have for about a year. I am now 77 and have as much energy as I did when I was much younger. This book (PDF) is free. To get this Book go HERE.