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Re: [permaculture-61] Repairing Gardens and Food Resilience Education after Hurricane Sandy

From: Ian H.
Sent on: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 6:32 PM
Hey guys here is a quick response to some of the questions if you have further questions please feel free to contact us directly at [address removed]

Have a good week,

Ian H.
Co-Owner and Farmer
Ash Apothecary LLC.



- What have you done, or what would you recommend, to remediate gardens that have been flooded or exposed to saltwater or other contaminants?

   For salt water exposure and other contaminates you are going to want to treat the area effected with a microbial inoculate, you will want to find one that contains both yeast and lactic bacteria (Our product VMH-155 will work and EM-1 from Teraganix)


- How would you quickly rebuild gardens where soil and plantings have been washed away?

Using some form of vokashi will help build the organic matter back into the soil also you can use a simple mixture of saw dust and the existing soil. (3 parts saw dust to the soil)


- Can some construction debris or the contents of damaged buildings be safely decontaminated locally by natural methods, instead of hauling them away to faraway landfills at great cost?

Depending on the contamination if it is from mold, yes it can be remedied by the use of one of our products if you would like us to bring a sample out and also show you the best method of application we would be more than willing to help.  Also the cost is minimal considering we will work into the equation the situation you guys are in.


- What projects would you recommend for novice gardeners, in back and front yards, and in flood-prone areas?

Raised planting beds in planters or some thing along those lines also you can make simple hydroponic systems that will yield a decent amount of food quickly. .


- What projects would you recommend for community groups with larger spaces?

Growing foods that can be pickled or preserved. it allows for longer storage of the produce that you grow.


- What projects or plantings would absorb excess water and stabilize land against flooding?  Which would be tolerant of salt water?  Which could also produce food for neighbors?

Asparagus works best for removing excess salts also certain letuce types work as well, most fruit bearing plants are not high salt tolerant. That or Bermuda grass.

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