The Organic Garden- Year One
My first year garden here in Southern Zone 6 is organic of course, like every other garden I've ever grown. But it is the farthest thing from sustainable imaginable. I don't mean sustainable in the full bore Ecology Action, Grow Biointensive Way. Although I support that fine organization financially and have for years, the idea that you must grow your own compost seems silly on a suburban cul de sac where an unlimited supply of leaves can be gathered for free before the neighbors bag them to be carted away. No I mean sustainable from the perspective of little or no purchased fertilizer or soil amendments. This year I've gone through 12 cubic yards of compost and its barely made a dent in this horrid soil. For long term fertilization I've spread hundreds of pounds of rock fertilizers, which I shouldn't have to do again. But I've also spread bales of non-renewable peat moss, in order to grow decent root crops, and blood and cottonseed meals for nitrogen. But gosh the yields so far have been wonderful. Asian greens for over a month now, broccioli, cabbage and lettuce tonight. The peas and potatoes are in bloom the cabbage heading up nicely. I should eat every night from this garden for the rest of the season. And for this the first year that will have to be enough. Next year the berries will begin to yield, the fruit and nut trees two years after that. Life is good.