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DonBrennons 'Unconventional' organic gardens

Discussion in 'Organics' started by DonBrennon, Feb 11, 2016.

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    calliandra

    calliandra Well-Known Member

    LMAO how embarassing! Yeah I'm on my crappy laptop screen at the mo, didn't look at her up close, and had actually left the house for a talk about terra preta :bigjoint:

    I haven't gotten round to checking it out, but apparently Ingham is experimenting with plants that won't grow up like that, as most "traditional" covercrops need cutting, whilst the idea is to get a perennial ground coverthat won't interfere with the crops being grown there overgroundand complement them underground. So it's a plant hunt :D
    The glomus mossae/intraradices isn't a problem. AFAIK it's the most common of mycorrhizal fungi, so we can just assume it will be shared by most other mycorrhizal plants anyway :) And yeah that specific of information isn't out there and largely probably hasn't even been gathered - I mean, they're stuck even trying to name em haha
    My copy of Teaming with fungi is probably going to arrive on Valentine's Day, how fitting! :D

    Why I mentioned the terra preta: I've been focusing on aeration a bit, and biochar does seem to fit the bill perfectly for container gardening.
    The guy of course was speaking of the outdoor, but the way he ranted about increases in soil fertility - with pix haha - well, it's ideal isn't it? Increases the surface area in the soil exponentially, allowing more air, more water, more microbes, to be in that soil.
    On an aside, I really loved the rule of thumb he told us of regarding amounts to add over time. Namely, to add only that amount of biochar to a soil that corresponds to the biomass that would've grown on the area being treated. That really does resonate with me!
    And I never relized how fucking easy biochar is to make - all you need is a can and a fire lol - I mean, I knew the big barrel method and had watched in on it, but never thought that the same principle can be miniaturized. :dunce: of course!
    So I may be getting myself one of those fire bowls, where you can make a safe fire on your balcony :blsmoke:
     
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    Vnsmkr

    Vnsmkr Well-Known Member

    I just tossed a shitload of coriander down in my pots...apparently mites hate the shit :). That will go well with the other cover crops
     
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    calliandra

    calliandra Well-Known Member

    Yeah aromatic herbs...! I really want to include them but have this stupid notion of the weed taking on the other aromas, though I should know better from my veggie garden :rolleyes:
    Can you guys please confirm tht it's not a problem? That would be great! :bigjoint:
     
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    SSGrower

    SSGrower Well-Known Member

    No answer yet, I'm using chives that were frozen in a container outside but started re-sprouting anyway. Smells like onions now.:peace:
     
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    ShLUbY

    ShLUbY Well-Known Member

    i think you're fine. you know the smells you get off of those herbs are from molecules that fit into receptors in your sniffer and send signals to your brain. each type of molecule has its own receptor, kind of like a key fitting into a lock. I don't think those would transfer to the plant so should be fine!
     
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    ShLUbY

    ShLUbY Well-Known Member

    that sunshine #2 looks intense man.
     
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    Vnsmkr

    Vnsmkr Well-Known Member

    No problems, they won't take that taste on....I threw a bunch of basil down too, no bugs mess with it and I can see my basil which had gone to seed in the back has sprouted all sorts of new basil plants, good stuff, never have enough basil :)
     
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    ShLUbY

    ShLUbY Well-Known Member

    amen to that!
     
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    calliandra

    calliandra Well-Known Member

    lol true that
    I've begun weaving my basil plant through my chili to help keep the aphids at bay too, looks like it's helping :)
    And yeah, I've had basil next to my plants too,,,

    Do you grow those basils in the same pot as your weed though?
    Sorry I haven't been on your thread lately, it's winter here and would kill me to see it :P
     
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    Vnsmkr

    Vnsmkr Well-Known Member

    I have grown basil in the same pots yes, and turmeric, and aloe, and some other herbs :)
     
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    calliandra

    calliandra Well-Known Member

    like potatoes, growing caraway next to them changes the taste of the potatoes....
     
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    calliandra

    calliandra Well-Known Member

    aloe works with weed!! Yeah on southeast asia rooftoop I can imagine the climate to allow that :mrgreen:
    well thanks! that kinda sets my mind at ease :blsmoke:
     
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    Vnsmkr

    Vnsmkr Well-Known Member

    Sort of makes sense with potatoes as they are root vegetables. I would be more sensitive about planting root veges with them, but I can tell you turmeric didnt mess with taste
     
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    calliandra

    calliandra Well-Known Member

    lmao weed-flavored potatoes :bigjoint:
     
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    Vnsmkr

    Vnsmkr Well-Known Member

    I had this idea a few years ago that if you plant aloe as a companion plant it will take care of keeping things healthy in the soil....I still think so, though I'd like to be able to have a larger area to companion plant them in....to further test this theory
     
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    Vnsmkr

    Vnsmkr Well-Known Member

    potato flavored weed ..... lol
     
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    Vnsmkr

    Vnsmkr Well-Known Member

    Yesterday I was about to make a new thread here with a shitload of info, but it wouldnt let me paste the whole text, I'll break it down later today and get it up
     
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    calliandra

    calliandra Well-Known Member

    yuck haha

    yeah right, go do that, now that you've got us all curious :p
     
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    Vnsmkr

    Vnsmkr Well-Known Member

    Well, wouldnt let me paste more than 1000 characters so here it is in pdf :)
     

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    meangreengrowinmachine

    meangreengrowinmachine Well-Known Member

    hmm i have probably 15 aloe plants going in my veg room i wonder if i should take a little one and try to plant it when i transplant my few week old plants into their 14 gallon SIPs im making ....interesting idea... i have heard of companion planting but never heard of anything with aloe... whats the premise behind your idea?
     
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