Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Easy Stuff: the most successful projects.

The first would be taro propagation. You can hardly kill the stuff and it lends itself to wildcrafting in the background environment very well. Also, it's simply lovely. Taro isn't a crop that you're going to be harvesting soon, but with a year or two of effort is going to be a
subsistence mainstay, and will grow in areas that you couldn't grow anything else.

The other "can't lose" crop would be the various varieties of sweet potatoes, propagated from cuttings. These have edible greens, seem to be bug and slug proof, and are coming to dominate my garden as another staple. The chickens forage in it, but don't peck at it, which surprises me.

Raised terraced beds have proven to greatly add drainage and crop viability in general, and for those who have un-graded land with natural topography this can be very helpful. Once again using the guava logs to good effect!


kohledfusion said...

Jay, did you use a flexible pond liner to make your pond or a cement product? We're debating both approaches for our smallish tilapia pond & leaning toward cement at this point. Mahalo, Erin

jaywfitz said...

Don't use cement, as it will cost far too much and it will take tremendous effort to get the ph to a level that won't make lutefisk. With the level of rainfall we have a couple of layers of cheap tarps will be good enough. I think I'll be putting in about a 20000 gallon fish pond in November, if you'd want to see the process.

kohledfusion said...

right on! It didn't even occur to me to use tarps. I'd be happy to help on the pond if you want the extra hands. It's also a veiled excuse to get up the hill & check out your place!