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Here’s a little exercise to give you some practice. This topic was posted with the Title “Help!” in the forum topic “Finding, Prepping and Managing Land”, which was a good choice since the first question relates to that. But, how many other posts do you see here?
As a newcomer I do have a few questions.
I am looking to quickly expand my growing space and I am dealing with very hard, compact clay filled with rocks so tilling is not an option. I have read about using Red Rosin paper and covering it with steer manure and compost. I like this idea for my shallow root crops. Can anyone tell me the depth of new soil that they place on the paper and their recipe for that soil if it is not straight manure? Also does the paper do a good job keeping the viscous and deep rooted weeds down (such as mallow and anise weed)?
I’m also going to be growing greens. Does anyone have a low waste method for watering them? Not sure if you heard, but California is in the middle of a serious drought so I am doing my best to conserve water. I prefer drip, but struggle with it when it comes to baby greens. If drip is an option, what type of hose works best? My growing area receives a lot of wind, so overhead watering does not penetrate the soil well unless I water excessively.
I’m not sure which greens will grow in my hot temperatures. Does anyone have suggestions? And where does everyone like to get their seeds from? Do you only buy from organic suppliers? Also, I’m wondering whether I should start all my crops from seed, or are transplants worth it for some crops?
As for marketing, my intention is to create some sort of CSA program within my neighborhood. I've already felt this out and there is a ton of interest. However, something else just fell into my lap and I'm wondering if this would be a better revenue source. I met a chef from one of our local fancy restaurants and casually asked if she'd be interested in me supplying her with some of my locally grown produce. I was expecting her to say "No" because this restaurant already touts itself as a "farm to table" kind of place so I thought they already had suppliers in place (I live in farm country, so like I said, lots of competition). However, she was surprisingly enthusiastic, and said they are always looking for new sources for local produce. So, this is making me reconsider the CSA route, as I certainly can't support both with my size plots, and I'm wondering if restaurants would be more lucrative. And what kind of insurance would I need for that?
Thanks for any advice.
We see at 7.