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Free Class Saturday March 22nd 10-noon, Introduction to gardening and food production

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This meet-up is FREE sponsored by The Point Church and Community Center.

We will be discussing many topics such as when to start, companion planting, deep mulch, composting, edible landscaping, back yard chickens and more.

If the continuing food price increases are getting you down start producing your own. You do not need land to grow your own food. There are tips and techniques that you can even grow indoors in a window or even without.

With the drought in California fruit and vegetable prices are going to go up. Recently California ranchers stated they will be liquidating many of the herds. This means increased prices on beef as well.

Tired of all the chemicals in and on your foods. Grow your own and know exactly what is in it.

The slides are for classroom use only and no notes/handouts provided. If you would like a copy of the slides you can purchase them before or after the class $5. Cash or via PayPal wolfbeachfarms-at-gmail.com There are lots of charts and graphs. All information is available for free if you know where to look. No audio or video recording allowed.

Details at the Link below or to RSVP

http://www.meetup.com/AlternativeGardening/events/169762822/

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Experiment and make mistakes, it is a good thing

I was doing some research the other day. Well that is what I tell my wife when watching videos on YouTube.  I was researching some of how Joel Salatin integrated different operations of his farm, and some of the new opportunities for your farmers he is a part of. If you have not heard of Joel I highly recommend learning all you can from him, his books, online, interviews, podcasts, and videos. He is a great source of knowledge and experience. Joel integrates many aspects of his farm operation from the timbering area, to the sawmill, to the pigs, to the rabbits, to the chickens to people. I was amazed how one waste is another input for a different system. How by putting two things together that you think as separate, can give a dramatic improvement overall when you look at the system as a whole. Something he said struck me as so true, that I often say myself but in a different way.

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“Anything worth doing, is worth doing wrong the first time”

He shared how the success they have found on their farm wasn’t from this great insight that just came from a book, class, or Devine intervention. They learned along the way on what works, what doesn’t, learned by accident even. Another one of my mentors Geoff Lawton has a somewhat similar philosophy, as does Sepp Holzer. One of the keys to permaculture is experiment, and see what works best in your climate, your soil, with your lifestyle. Try things out and see what happens.

 I find this very true in my own experiments and progress.  Stop researching and trying to find the perfect solution, the perfect plant, the perfect design and it work 100% of the time on the first time. You will learn much more for experimenting, making your own, and trying things out. Sure, you may not be successful all the time, but you learn an aspect, you are doing, you are getting your hands dirty. Maybe you get a totally unintended result because of what you thought was a failure, but totally was a better outcome.

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When my experimental stacking fodder system didn’t work as I expected, it was by chance I was starting my spring seeds in the same area inside. The new seed trays I had planned on using have small notches on the rim. These notches were a great fit for left over pipes in the area from another project. Boom, I now can stack these new trays using the pipes in the notches as spacers. As it happens, the air gap is sufficient for air circulation. Bonus, the trays were on sale and got them for 0.99 each. So, now we have fodder system 2.0.

Another example, v1.0 of worm composting completely failed. Smelled bad, all the worms died, and wife was NOT happy with the smell. By chance, I met a local guy who teaches worm composting. I had done everything wrong that I could possibly do wrong. Worm v2.0 success. When we collected all the surplus apples that fell on the ground, I fed them to the worms. I needed paper/cardboard for bedding for my worms. This is where my junk mail/cardboard shredding system comes in. Worms are taking a waste and turning it into a resource. This year, I started making compost tea with castings, and spraying on my seedlings. I now have an additional resource from a waste. Had I not failed so miserably, I would have never wondered why I had failed so miserably prompting me to use the failure in a class I was giving about what not to do. Had I not stated how I failed in a class I was giving, this gentleman wouldn’t have offered his help, and I wouldn’t have some of the best looking plant starts ever.

The point is, you NEVER fail. You learn something that didn’t work. Learn from this, but don’t repeat it. Try a different variable; maybe a different plant, a different location, or a different interaction on your part.

I’m Presenting at the Indianapolis Flower and Patio Show Mar 8-16

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It is time again for the Indiana Flower and Patio Show. I will be presenting at three separate times on three separate topics. There are so many great presenters this year. I have met quite a few, know a bunch, and listen to many of the presentations. Some great information. Below is the schedule for the Greendell Mulch Stage where I will be presenting.

Details on the show.

http://hsishows.com/wp/indianaflowerandpatioshow/

Sat, March 8

10:15 Paver Patio “How to” for the DIY junkie Shaun Yeary Greendell Mulch, Mix & Hardscapes

11:30 Building a Rainbarrel Andy Cochran Circle City Rainbarrels

12:30 Water Cycle Andy Cochran Circle City Rainbarrels

1:00 Food Gardening For Beginners Amy Mullen Spotts Garden Service

2:00 Container Gardening Darren Collins Wischmeier Nursery

3:00 Urban Agriculture- Blueberries Joshua, Nathanael,David Welch You-Pick Blueberry Farm

4:00 Urban Beekeeping Jeff Dittemore Bee Friendly Beekeeping, LLC

5:00 Identification and Control of Invasive Plants Harold Thompson Hoosier Heartland Council

 

Sun, March 9

10:15 Back Yard Food Production Rick Beach Wolf-Beach Farms

11:00 Planting for Pollinators Amy Mullen Spotts Garden Service

12:00 Permeable Pavers..the next green movement Shaun Yeary Greendell Mulch, Mix & Hardscapes

1:00 Kitchen Gardens Amy Mullen

2:00 How and Why to get started in Beekeeping Mike & Debbie Seib Seib’s Hoosier Honey

3:00 Container Gardening Darren Collins Wischmeier Nursery

4:00 Urban Beekeeping Jeff Dittemore Bee Friendly Beekeeping

 

Mon, March 10

10:30 Identification and Control of Invasive Plants Harold Thompson Hoosier Heartland Council

11:00 Backyard Habitats for Nature Steve Van Zant Indiana Wildlife Federation

12:00 Building a Retaining Wall Todd Steward Belgard

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2:00 Identification and Control of Invasive Plants Harold Thompson Hoosier Heartland Council

3:00

4:00 Urban Beekeeping Jeff Dittemore Bee Friendly Beekeeping, LLC

5:00 Permeable Pavers..the next green movement Shaun Yeary Greendell Mulch, Mix & Hardscapes

 

Tue, March 11

11:00 Composting: Hot, Cold, and Worm Keith O’Dell Castaway Compost

12:00 Basic Bees Mike & Debbie Seib Seib’s Hoosier Honey

1:00 Edible Landscaping Amy Mullen Spotts Garden Service

2:00 Permeable Pavers..the next green movement Shaun Yeary Greendell Mulch, Mix & Hardscapes

3:00 Organic Pest and Weed Control Amy Mullen Spotts Garden Service

4:00 Urban Beekeeping Jeff Dittemore Bee Friendly Beekeeping

5:00 Paver Patio “How to” for the DIY junkie Shaun Yeary Greendell Mulch, Mix & Hardscapes

6:00

 

Wed, March 12

10:30 Regional Water Quality and You: Make a Difference! Shaena Reinhart Empower Results

12:00

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2:00 Paver Patio “How to” for the DIY junkie Shaun Yeary Greendell Mulch, Mix & Hardscapes

3:00 Making Mead from Honey & Herbs You Harvest Anita Johnson Great Fermentations.com

4:00 Urban Beekeeping Jeff Dittemore Bee Friendly Beekeeping, LLC

5:00 Permeable Pavers..the next green movement Shaun Yeary Greendell Mulch, Mix & Hardscapes

6:00

 

Thur, March 13

11:00

12:00 Building a Retaining Wall Todd Steward Belgard

1:00 Introduction to Permaculture 1 Rick Beach Wolf-Beach Farms

2:00 Introduction to Permaculture 2 Rick Beach Wolf-Beach Farms

3:00 Paver Patio “How to” for the DIY junkie Shaun Yeary Greendell Mulch, Mix & Hardscapes

4:00 Urban Beekeeping Jeff Dittemore Urban Homestead

5:00

 

Fri, March 14

11:00

12:00 Identification and Control of Invasive Plants Bob Eddleman Hoosier Heartland Council

1:00 Organic Pest and Weed Control Amy Mullen Spotts Garden Service

2:00

3:00 Kitchen Gardens Amy Mullen Spotts Garden Service

4:00 Urban Beekeeping Jeff Dittemore Bee Friendly Beekeeping, LLC

5:00 Permeable Pavers..the next green movement Shaun Yeary Greendell Mulch, Mix & Hardscapes

6:00 Edible Landscaping Amy Mullen Spotts Garden Service

7:00

 

Sat, March 15

10:15 How and Why to get started in Beekeeping Mike & Debbie Seib Sieb’s Hoosier Honey

11:30 Building a Retaining Wall Todd Steward Belgard

12:00 Paver Patio “How to” for the DIY junkie Shaun Yeary Greendell Mulch, Mix & Hardscapes

1:00 Food Gardening For Beginners Amy Mullen Spotts Garden Service

2:00 Building a Rainbarrel Andy Cochran Circle City Rainbarrels

3:00 Planting for Pollinators Amy Mullen Spotts Garden Service

4:00 Urban Beekeeping Jeff Dittemore Bee Friendly Beekeeping, LLC

5:00 Making Mead from Honey & Herbs You Harvest Anita Johnson Great Fermentations.com

6:00 Water Cycle Andy Cochran Circle City Rainbarrels

7:00

 

Sun, March 16

10:15

11:00 Food Gardening For Beginners Amy Mullen Spotts Garden Service

12:00 Identification and Control of Invasive Plants Bob Eddleman Hoosier Heartland Council

1:00 Aquaponics Rick Beach Wolf-Beach Farms

2:00 Building a Rainbarrel Andy Cochran Circle City Rainbarrels

3:00 Paver Patio “How to” for the DIY junkie Shaun Yeary Greendell Mulch, Mix & Hardscapes

4:00 Urban Beekeeping Jeff Dittemore Bee Friendly Beekeeping, LLC

 

Seed and tree catalogs

I started off the new year by starting my early crops for 2014. Hopefully I will be transplanting the 200+ seeds I started into the hoop house in 6 weeks or so.

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If you haven’t gotten catalogs in the mail and made you wish list, or if you haven’t signed up for any catalogs you may want to check out these.

1.   Nourse Fams – http://www.noursefarms.com/CustomerService/CatalogRequest.aspx
2.    Adams County Nursery – http://www.acnursery.com/acn_catalog.php
3.   Rain Tree Nursery – http://www.raintreenursery.com/Catalog_Requests.html
4.   Isons Nusery and Vinyards – http://isons.com/catalog.htm
5.   Musser Forests Inc – http://www.musserforests.com/catalogrequest.html
6.   Carino Nurseries – http://www.carinonurseries.com/reqcat.htm
7.   Stark Bro’s – http://www.starkbros.com/our-company/request-a-catalog
8.   Miller Nurseries – http://www.millernurseries.com/signup.php
9.   Trees of Antiquity – http://www.treesofantiquity.com/index.php?main_page=contact_us
10.   Seed Saver’s Exchange http://www.seedsavers.org/
11.   Richter’s Herbs http://www.richters.com/
12.   Oikos Tree Cops http://www.oikostreecrops.com/store/home.asp?cookiecheck=yes&
13.   Seeds Of Change http://www.seedsofchange.com/
14.   Bob Wells nursery http://www.bobwellsnursery.com/
15.   Ecology Action’s Bountiful Gardens. http://www.bountifulgardens.org/
16.   Edible Landscaping http://ediblelandscaping.com/catalogue.php
17.   Shumways http://www.rhshumway.com/
18    Horizon Herbs http://www.horizonherbs.com/

Insects – Why They Matter!

Insects – Why They Matter!.

Great article from fellow presenter Jason Akers.