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Re: [permaculture-61] New Project Tips?

From: Sean
Sent on: Friday, December 10, 2010 3:28 PM
Check out Gaia's Garden by Toby Hemenway as a practical Permaculture 101.  You'll need to stake out contours with an A frame (string hanging from the top of the A), plan your paths, and then sheet mulch.  I also recommend sending out a soil test, not just for heavy metals like lead (expensive), but also for tuning your soil nutrient balance (cheap).

The book "Science In Agriculture" by Arden Andersen lays out what I'm talking about in terms of nutrient balance and tells you how to tune your soil.  You can send samples for the nutrients to Logan Labs, since they do the weak acid test required for this kind of activity.  This is a good time of year to test, though October would typically be optimal for this stage of developing your soil life.  During the growing year, it will be helpful for you to have a soil conductivity tester (<150 micro-siemans translates as an emergency) and something that can measure plant sap pH on the fly (crush a sample of the plant, the sap, onto the meter window).  Forget about soil pH, unless it's below 4 and you have contaminated soil.  Nutrient tuning resolves pH issues without directly addressing it.

A class about soil nutrient density will begin at Stone Barns Center near Tarrytown next weekend, so get in touch with the Real Food Campaign soon if you want to take it.  I'll see you there if you do.

  http://realfoodcampaign.org/workshop-series-2010-2011

If you have contaminated soil, check out Mycelium Running by Paul Stamets or his web site http://www.fungi.com ...


-Sean.
--- On Fri, 12/10/10, Jordan <[address removed]> wrote:

From: Jordan <[address removed]>
Subject: [permaculture-61] New Project Tips?
To: [address removed]
Date: Friday, December 10, 2010, 2:56 PM

Hello all,

I am moving into a new apartment in Clinton Hill this weekend with a huge, empty backyard with one big tree.  I want to grow a lot of food, build raised beds, set up rain water collection, compost, etc.etc.  I also have a large roof. 
I am excited but completely  overwhelmed and have no idea where to start....It is December now, where do I go from here?  I am willing to invest a lot of time and some money into making this an amazing project.  Can anyone offer "101" advice?  Or a particular book I should I pick up?

Thanks!

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Jordan Rogoff, LEED AP
392 Clinton Ave, #3S
Brooklyn, NY 11238
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