It's Springtime once again, and I find myself sending many gardening links to my friends and family. This year, I feel a little more urgency to get everyone to plant some food.
My number 1 suggestion was a potato patch.
Two things you can do to make your life easier while growing lots of potatoes..... 1.solarization, and 2.using "no-dig" gardening methods.
Solarization is just an easy way to kill weeds.... you can lay plastic down two or three weeks in advance to kill grass and weeds in the area before you plant. If the season is already in full swing and it's too late to solarize the weeds, you can simply lay cardboard down over the grass and build your bed up from there.
Ruth Strout was the old gal who made no-dig gardening a well known topic. She was elderly, and digging in the garden was just too much work for her. Instead, she would make beds from cardboard, straw, hay, and would place small handfuls of compost into the beds where she would plant seeds.
In the video below, a couple from the mid-west uses no-dig methods to plant out potatoes for an easy harvest at the end of the season. 330 LBS of potatoes in a root cellar will keep you from starving!
Add a drip irrigation line and, by definition, you will be growing your no-dig potatoes hydroponically. Whether or not this is necessary depends partly on how dry the growing conditions are in your location. Check out the video!
YouTube once again censored my last video-- enjoy this throwback from 2016 when we were first getting started!
The ultimate solution to eliminate the cost of your hydroponic nutrients: Imagine a hydroponic system that does not require you to buy any nutrients, does not require you to make your own compost, and does not require you to brew your own nutrient tea. Seriously! No cost and no effort as far as providing nutrients to your plants! Plus, at the end of the gardening cycle you harvest all of your garden vegetables, PLUS YOU HARVEST FISH from the system....
This solution is aquaponics. If you are serious about producing all of your own food and being self-sufficient, this is the ultimate solution for reducing expenses (as much as possible), reducing the total amount of work required, and maximizing the productivity of your gardening efforts. I have been gardening for over 24 years, and it is the perfect food production solution in my opinion.
Besides mastering how to make high quality compost, learning aquaponics is one of the top 3 things you can do to increase your garden productivity, reduce your total costs, and reduce your total work. The product that I learned from is called Aquaponics4you. With all of my hydroponic gardening experience, the first time I came across the Aquaponics4you product I knew immediately that it was something very special! Place an aquaponics system outdoors and use the sun instead of grow lights, and you have reduced every garden expense to nearly ZERO!
The New LED System/ BlackDog LED!
The moment LED lighting can finally compete with HID lighting. Very sweet!
Also, I'm working on a new video host - YouTube sucks!
Going to try THETA video next!