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Suburban Farming

Posted Wednesday, April 23, 2008, at 2:14 PM

Came across a little video about Suburban farming and some people doing it in Colorado. Thought some of you might be interested in this. Click on the link to watch the video and then come back here and let us know what you thought!


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When you own a postage stamp lot, makes sense to use what ya got! I would like to see the water use statistics for urban farming. I have a feeling that a garden wouldn't qualify for an exemption when water restrictions are in effect. Along the Colorado front range, water rationing/restrictions are becomming quite common.

-- Posted by Brian Hoag on Wed, Apr 23, 2008, at 3:16 PM

It's kind of funny how times have changed. In my day (I'm really really old) we would have never considered a vegetable garden a "farm"!

-- Posted by cowgurl1 on Thu, Apr 24, 2008, at 1:12 PM

i dont think thats farming i think thats gardening farming is using combines and growing acres of land not your neighbors and your yards all hes doing is growing a big garden

-- Posted by Outlawf150 on Thu, Apr 24, 2008, at 5:40 PM

Gardening anywhere is good.

Gardening with French Beds or raised beds is better anywhere.

Beds which have 18-24 inch vertical walls, with adequate/adjustable drainage and constructed with growing mixes varying from bed to bed. All beds' growing mixes containing high percentages of humus/organic material meaning well composted manure clippings and household garbage,

Vary the mixes for the types of production.

Particularly if the gardener uses the Hot Mix fertilizers, a good trace mineral mix and careful watering. The gardener who learns how to best apply foliar feeding between midnight and 6 a.m. will be able to gain far more bang from the buck with Hot Mix/Trace solutions.

The products for your own table and those of friends and families, are much higher quality and can be five times as nutritious as commercially produced crops. Particularly regarding leafy vegetables.

In the field, a pint per acre per foliar application beats bulk fertilizers.

Five 20-foot beds can provide enough fresh, frozen and canned veggies to supply a large family and friends.

Besides, six-eight inch wide sides on the beds allow sitting comfortably while gardening.

In areas of water rationing, most allow container growing.

Show me an urban bureaucrat who will argue raised beds are not container growing.

-- Posted by bigsurmac on Sat, Apr 26, 2008, at 6:26 AM

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