A Greener Indiana

Everybody can do something to make a greener Indiana

Do you smell that? It's spring and time to break the earth from the snowbound wreakage of the winter to rake the thatch and prepare the innoculant for the new growth season. This forum provides everyone the opportunity to publish and post the everyday effort of average folk who want to make Indiana Greener.

My effort is around filling the kitchen garden with fresh ingredients that travel 15 feet to my table.

All the hardgoods are purchased and since the superbowl my seeds have been sown and now we begin to help the earth warm and take in moisture for maximum germination. This will be the year of segregated tomatoes, vertical growing surfaces and gravity drip irrigation. The garden will have above ground garden stakes and walls of water with stitching to leak into the earth. Floating row covers will keep the earth cover for bed time and a water heater wrap custom cut for the length of the raised beds during these early days of germination.

Pruning the apple and pear tree will shape the 5 year old saplings and should yield fruit this year. Edible hedges now neatly border my neighbor's house from mine. The last frozen garden red sauce was eaten for dinner in celebration of another year of renewal and growth from the garden. How does your garden grow?

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Comment by Ellen on March 14, 2010 at 2:17pm
Here is food...errr....rice for thought.

http://www.aihd.ku.edu/foods/wild_rice.html
Comment by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on March 14, 2010 at 1:29pm
Love the idea of wild rice in Indiana lowlands. Our state has a rich Marsh hertiage but no archeology evidence of rice just small corn husks no bigger than a half dollar. Wonder if rice would be considered a tall vegetation and contribute to a carbon sink? Does water help the composting process? Not enough experience with Kale to know if it will be touch. Wilted with bacon grease, should take care of any toughness.
Comment by Ellen on March 14, 2010 at 12:48pm
Yep, our Baby Choi, Swiss Chard, Mustard, Cilantro(a little too early on this one, but I couldn't resist it) Arugula is in, with a good covering of straw. Looks like the Kale overwintered real well under the straw, has new growth, do you think it will be too tough? We have natural wetlands in our back lot, what do think of Wild Rice growing in wet sites like this, not only on our property, but in the rest of the state?

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