Archive for March, 2011

Raised beds phase 2

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Having completed the raised beds on the yurt terrace, I’ve moved on to the terrace immediately below the larger of the two buildings. This terrace faces southeast and is the other side of the barroco from the main part of the valley around which the terraces on this part of the quinta wind. While it’s separated from the yurt terrace by a linear distance of only a couple of metres, its extra height and aspect takes it out of the flow of cold air which comes down the valley with the stream. This small change in position is enough to create a 5°C or more difference in air temperature between it and the yurt terrace.

Raised beds, top terrace

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Potato bin

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Ever since first reading about cultivating potatoes vertically rather than horizontally, I’ve been wanting to try this, so in between planting trees and raising beds, I also made a raised potato bed. At just under a cubic metre in size, it should hold around 2 dozen potato plants at maximum recommended density for container-growing.

Potato bin built from wooden planks

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Frederick

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Perhaps it’s just the time of year, or a widespread planetary urge expressing itself through the collective consciousness, or both, but for the last several weeks I’ve been feeling this deep imperative to plant trees. Not just in waking moments either, but night after night the same has been going on in dreams. Plant trees … plant trees … plant trees …

In response I’ve been planting fruit and nut trees around the quinta, beginning the transition of much of the land to forest garden, but there was always room for serendipity.

Sapling of Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum)

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