Sea kale root cuttings available for $12 each plus freight. Each cutting will come calloused ready to plant in tray or pot and in a small bag with damp soil.
- Cover area to become garden in plastic to kill the grass and their roots
- Lay out beds with pegs and string and double dig to incorporate air into the soil (clay soil the same thing)
- Buy charged Biochar (charged with balanced minerals and activated with compost tea..not just activated.. that is critical), and apply at 5kgs (ideal amount.. less is still very good) per sq m over the surface of the bed. At 30 cents a kg it is not exorbitantly expensive for a home garden at that rate.
- Apply clay …after having tested by Grant at EF to ensure it is the right kind of clay….at a rate of 2-3 cm over the entire garden
- Apply biointensive compost made according to my Art of Composting Booklet at an ideal maximum rate of 2-3 cm over entire bed surface… if my mineral levels are still very low because of poor soil to begin with this is the place I would now be adding Nature’s Garden as explained in Booklet
- . fork.. the biochar, clay and compost into the top 30cm of garden bed.
- Continue to apply highly mineralised compost each time you plant seedlings or Nature’s Garden. Balanced minerals or recycle your own humanure and urine.
- hold the moisture for far longer periods, hold far more moisture.. far less issues with water stress, less often watering necessary.
- This soil will now have the capacity to hold onto the minerals and fertiliser applied so that if they are not all needed at time of application they will be electrically held until they are needed… because of the higher Cation Exchange Capacity created by the clay and the Biochar….. sand has a CEC of around 5, clay around 40, and Biochar of ????. The CEC is a reflection of the ability of something to attract and electrically hold onto either water or minerals
- This soil will now have the capacity to maintain the air spaces ( biochar is structural carbon that will not collapse)
- This soil now is now a perfect habitat for microbes and fungi with air, moisture and a place to live (cupboards in the biochar)
- This Soil will now have a high capacity for building humus and life (regeneration) because of the combination of biochar, clay and compost and the right moisture and air conditions
I’m feeling a lot better now. For a few weeks I was very nervous that my garden wouldn’t grow or my veges would be super low BRIX. I’m very excited to be able to tell you that my garden not only looks amazing but that things are growing really well and the BRIX levels are pretty good and going up.
My Calphos put the BRIX up 1 point when applied sparingly with a watering can and my Kay’s Liquid Gold has also helped me keep the BRIX up and plants growing well.
I am most impressed with the urine charged biochar however it only works super well from day 1 when it is ground quite fine rather than being in big chunks. All of the plants that I have planted into finely ground charged biochar have not looked back from day 1. They have grown consistently and fast…. Faster than I have seen before in my garden using anything else. My fear was that the growth would be low BRIX growth pushed by the nitrates in the urine… however there is more in urine than nitrates .. and the BRIX of those plants is up so I’m getting more confident that we can do it without the fertiliser, actually I’m very excited. I knew it had to be possible, but I have never done it and i don’t know any body else doing it and most businesses supporting people to grow nutrient dense food tell you not to do it! All the consultants say whatever you do don’t use leaves and compost and manure etc. I know we can now it just takes an understanding of how to use them and organic books do not have it right as far as I can see.
I suggest my Art of Composting Booklet as a first step, or perhaps How to Grow Nutrient Dense Food or if you are super keen to understand the science of it all Nourishment Home Grown is the book for you
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It's kumara planting time again and it's not too late to order. It does need to be planted soon though so get your order in quickly if you don't want to miss out! We're busy packaging and sending out kumara tupu each week and orders can still be placed via the website
Kumara are sent out as tupu – small rooted plants grown in a tāpapa bed. As they are sent out as live plants we take great care with them - they are bundled and labelled, the ends are wrapped in damp newspaper and then a bio degradable plastic bag and then they are boxed and posted out.
Although we're starting to plant our kumara now the fantastic thing is that we are still eating last year's harvest. When we started growing kumara it felt like a bit of a luxury crop but now its become one of our major staples. It's easy to grow, stores and keeps well, and, as we grow lots of different varieties, we have different colours and textures to enjoy. We end up eating it most days at this time of year but can vary things by roasting it, boiling it, mashing it or even stir frying it.
If you'd like to read more about how the kumara is grown there is an article here to help you out