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High-Performance Gardening

24 Sep

I haven’t worked a garden since I was a kid. Nevertheless, the way the world is running, I can’t help thinking that we may soon see a day when our survival may depend on our ability to grow our own food.

The following video is about “high-performance” gardening and makes a number of compelling arguments.  I.e., one key to personal heath is to eat plants that are highly nutritious.  A plant’s nutritional value depends on the biological health of the soil in which the plant grows   It’s not enough to raise plants in an environment that merely provides sufficient minerals but is otherwise sterile.  The key to growing nutritional plants is to grow them in a soil that has a strong microbial environment.

The following video reveals that modern pesticides not only kill insects that might attack our plants, but also sterilize and effectively kill the microbes in the soil.  Likewise, modern fertilizers consist of chemical “salts” that may provide minerals to plants,but also tend to kill the soil’s microbes.   Thus, the result of using modern pesticides and fertilizers may be a reduced nutritional quality in the plants we eat.

This video presents alternatives that are claimed to produce food that is greater in both nutritional content and quantity than can normally be produced with conventional pesticides and fertilizers.  One of the video’s implications is that, by using the methods advocated, you can grow several times as much food per square foot as compared to using conventional methods based on pesticides and fertilizers.  Thus, the “high-performance” label implies that if it would ordinarily take a 1/2 acre garden to feed you and your family, by means of these “high-performance” methods, you might be able to feed your family with a garden that’s only 1/8th acre. A relatively small greenhouse might provide a lot of food.  That’s good news for people who have relatively small yards or limited access to soil.

If you’re inclined to garden, this video is worth your time.

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Posted by on September 24, 2013 in Food, Gardening

 

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10 responses to “High-Performance Gardening

  1. Jetlag

    September 24, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    The chemicals used in modern agriculture not only kill the soil, they also kill YOU.

    The first thing to go is your testosterone, men. Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, which is used everywhere except organic farms, happens to be VERY effective at this (we’re talking parts per million). Just a coincidence, of course. Perhaps you’ve heard of the hermaphrodite frogs in lowlands that receive agricultural runoff? Now you know why.

    In case you haven’t guessed it already, the chemical giants are owned by the Money Power, whose favorite method is genocide with a smiley face.

     
    • palani

      September 24, 2013 at 6:18 PM

      PVC tube gardening … no weeds

       
  2. Yartap

    September 24, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Al,

    Thanks for the video. I totally agree with them about the conditions of soils and gardening. But, their talk is way above many’s heads; and they and other Ag educators leave out many simple basic fundamentals about growing that need to be known. Here is what I have learned and use.

    First Rule in Farming – It is the EARTH WORM that makes “Top Soil.” No earth worms, then you have bad soil for growing. Many will tell you that earth worms eat bacteria, fungi, protozoa and decaying matter, which is true; but the main thing that earth worms are after is ENZYMES. And chemical fertilizers and pesticides destroy enzymes in the ground; so the earth worms either die or leave, which stops the top soil production and natural fertilization.

    It is through the earth worm’s excrement, called “worm casts,” that top soil and fertilization is accomplished by passing through their bodies. The video speaks about “Manure Tea” as a way to fertilize one’s garden, which is true. This tea from fecal matter is high in enzymes, which bring/draw the earth worms. The animal source with the highest enzyme content is found in horse manure.

    ENZYMES INTO THE GARDEN

    But there is a much, much easier way, than shoveling horse shit and making tea. You can buy what is called “Compost Starter” from commercial Ag suppliers which is completely safe and natural. But, instead of making a compost pile (a lot of work), just spray it in the garden area and till it in. This is where you want your earth worms – Right? Your compost pile should be your garden. Spread your leaves in the garden and till them in, too.

    WATERING WITHOUT WATER

    Using “Wetting Agent” or a Surfactant is one of the greatest things for a garden. It helps open the pores of hard ground for deep root growth, supplies/pulls moisture to the ground and remove excess water. It helps keep just the right balance of moisture for your plants. And when you do water, it helps make your water more efficient and productive. The one point that must be observed and used is that the wetting agent from any Ag supplier must be “nonionic” (meaning: no positive or negative charge), which does not interfere with the plant’s supply of nutriments back to the soil. Just spray it on your garden and till it in. Note: do not spray wetting agent on flowers.

    NO LIME! NO LIME! NO LIME! It is not needed in an organic garden. It only hurts.

    SAFE & NATURAL ROUND-UP WEED KILLER

    Active Ingredients: Mix ½ gal. of Apple Cider Vinegar with 1 oz. of Orange Oil with tablespoon of liquid Soap and added water to make one gallon. Pour into a plastic spray bottle.

    Remember: this will kill most tries of plants, even some plants with bark, so be carful. And when you are through, pour ingredients back into storage jug and wash out your spray bottle, the ingredients are corrosive to your spray bottle.

    Plus: Do not use this weed killer in your garden. The safest way to remove weeds in your garden is by hand or geese feeding.

    NATURAL GARDEN BUG & PEST KILLER

    Go through your established garden and pick up unwanted worms and bugs. You can also lay cloth or plastic in the rows and shake the plants, so bug fall onto the cover. Remove beneficial bugs, like Lady Bugs. After gathering the unwanted bug, place them into a blinder (not Momma’s blinder) with a little water and grind them up very well. Add water as needed. Pour out and strain. Place bug gut juice (4 to 6 oz.) into a 2 ½ gal. sprayer and fill with water. Spray garden.

    How does this kill bugs? All living things have spores in their bodies and its immune system keep many dangerous spores in check. But, upon death by being shredded these spores are released to kill those of the same animal or insect type. This is what happens when a human smells burning or decaying human flesh.

    Remember this: If you have a lot of beneficial bugs and no bad bugs – Guess What? The beneficial bugs are eating your plants.

    I hope this helped.

     
    • Adask

      September 24, 2013 at 11:18 PM

      Yes, you comments are helpful–and surprising. I’m glad that some readers of this blog are interested in gardening and growing their own food.

       
  3. Yartap

    September 24, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Sorry – I meant to say Momma’s BLENDER!

     
  4. Martens

    September 25, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Jetlag:

    Thanks for posting info that can be put to use in improving one’s condition here and now.

    This is a better approach than giving the bad guys’ wave of destruction your tacit approval because you’re personally invested – financially, psychologically, and otherwise – in the collapse of civilization.

    Yartap:

    Thanks for posting an expert comment.

     
    • Jetlag

      September 25, 2013 at 2:24 AM

      Martens,

      Now that’s a zinger. We can add it to the list of things I’ll be plagiarizing from you in the future, if you don’t mind. Well, even if you do mind ;)

       
  5. Anthony Clifton

    September 25, 2013 at 5:06 AM

    self preservation is a mental exercise…

    being self sufficient is a dividend

    sharing knowledge….priceless

     
  6. palani

    September 25, 2013 at 7:12 AM

     

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