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2021:

- Started 1,000+ plants from seed.
- First season of small farming; grew 2,194 lbs of food, donated 700.
- Cared for my dad as he struggled with cancer; witnessed his astounding recovery.
- Attended 22 regenerative farming workshops/trainings.
- Started learning to play guitar.
- Started doing a scent work sport with our dog.
- Started Vermicomposting
- Completed 300-hr Ayurveda training.
- Became a wiser programmer and designer.
- Settled into a deeper level of contentment and gratitude

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@tickfoot Happy new year :) Are you thinking of scaling up production for next year?

@neauoire Thank you - same to you! Not scaling up by footprint, but am brewing on some ideas to improve yield via intentionally pairing bio-dynamically complimentary crops together. I'm very interested in the relationships of microorganisms and who really thrives with who and such. I think the plants are much like any other species in that they have relational preferences. I want to explore that more.

@tickfoot yield is what I meant :) I can't wait to see your upcoming experiments with permaculture.

@neauoire Oh haha, yes - everyone local always asks us if we're scaling up and they always mean in acreage. Now I just assume 😂 .

@vattuvarg @neauoire yeah, I like that method for areas that have poor soil and loads of organic material on site. I see a lot of folks using that method but buying and hauling in all the OM and that doesn't make sense to me. We do no-till with cover crop in the off season, and interplanting in the growing season. And we make our own compost. We have pretty healthy soil so the deep bed method isn't necessary but it is a good tool to have if the land calls for it.

@tickfoot - I just thought the yield per square meter would be higher (up to four times higher with deep beds). ...if your farming area is very limited, that is.

+ @neauoire

@vattuvarg The higher yield with deep bed systems comes from the vast quantity of microbial activity that goes on in organic matter and healthy soils. We are constantly feeding our microbial population all year long with various inputs of OM (compost, green mulch, teas, worm castings, etc) so it just isn't really necessary. If you're thinking of the Ruth Stout method, she was a huge advocate of hay as the base because it was what she had easy access to.

@vattuvarg and I do believe it is an amazingly sound method for building beds, but only if you've got the resources available locally and the soil needs that level of intervention.

@tickfoot - I was thinking that the more dense plant distances might increase yield.

The uncompacted soil might increase the depth that the plants can use.

(I only know about the variant of the method that John Seymour suggested.)

@vattuvarg yeah, soil compaction can certainly be an issue for plants. With compaction it makes sense that the plants can't really root into the soil like they need to, but looking beyond that, compacted soil has no open voids - no place for water to flow through or air to exchange in. Without air and water there's limited life in the soil. With limited life in the soil there's very poor growing conditions. That kind of gets down a rabbit hole haha

@vattuvarg I enjoy understanding the fundamentals of what's going on so that I can better understand why a growing method may or may not work and why. Intensive planting can increase yield but it can also increase disease if you're in a humid climate (like we are) and the plants are too dense for air to pass through. There's no right answer for any single climate. I think a lot of tools in your tool belt is important for trying different things with different crops in different scenarios.

@tickfoot - Dense plants also reduce the need to take away weeds, afaik.

@tickfoot - That is why I like information sharing. With the right info people can make up their own minds.

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