Monday, October 17, 2011 – 1 PM

Various updates:

Last week we attended the Solar Rose meeting in Dolan Springs and we explained how we’re growing food at our place and that we encourage everybody to start their own gardens or at least a raised bed with salad.  We are also very interested in Solar Rose as we are off the grid and started to experiment with solar air and water heating for the greenhouses last winter.

Kathi and Fred from Solar Rose came to the meeting along with Toni and Al.  It’s a long drive from Dolan and since there are quite a few gardeners in Dolan, they’ll probably have their own gardening club soon.  We can share resources and ideas!

After the Solar Rose meeting we stopped by the Dolan Springs orchard and got 20 lbs of apples (several varieties), pears and quince ($1/lb) and pomegranates should be ready in about a week.

Then we visited Kelly and Steve who attended the last meeting and they have two greenhouses, one of them built out of PVC and it DID hold up to the high winds due to proper reinforcement with lumber.

While not as big as our hoophouse, PVC is a LOT cheaper than using metal as we did and I’ll ask Steve to create a material list and to add his tips and tricks for building it.  I forgot to take pictures, sorry! It’s the perfect size for most people and smaller is better in winter when you need to keep it warm.

We’ll be back in Dolan on 10/29/11 for the Dolan Springs parade and look forward to getting more info on the Solar Rose projects  and lots of pomegranates on the way home at the orchard.  If anyone wants to join us or have us get some fruit for them, please email.

Al Burkow spoke about the importance of chewing foods properly (salivation!) and avoiding ice cold and very hot food and drink.

Al has two daily wellness drinks:

  1. Cover bottom of cup with 90,000 hu cayenne, steep with a half cup of distilled water, then add spring water and a cap of Bragg’s apple cider.
  2. Pinch of rose hips, pinch of hibiscus, pinch of hawthorn berry, teaspoon of honey, steep with spring water and add cap of Bragg’s apple cider vinegar.

You should definitely have some hot cayenne pepper handy just in case of a heart attack or stroke. Put the pepper under your tongue — it might just save your life.  Cayenne also stops bleeding when rubbed on a wound.

Al also mentioned that chemtrails are causing respiratory problems and we’ll post some background info about chemtrails and local barium poisoning soon.

We watched the first FAQ video from the Back to Eden FAQ about WOOD CHIPS.

THE COVERING [7 min 29 sec]
  • What materials do you recommend as a “covering?”
  • What type of wood chips do you suggest NOT to use?
  • Do you recommend using cedar for wood chips?
  • What have you learned about using hay and straw?
  • How do you pick out a good source of wood chips?
  • How do you recommend preparing the ground?
  • How thick do you apply the “covering?”
  • How do you recommend eliminating grass and weeds?
  • When do you recommend applying a “covering?”
  • What if I do not have enough space for a garden?
  • What if I do not have enough sunlight for a garden?

The entire Back to Eden video is available free of charge online. The DVD is only $15:

The Back to Eden DVD offers bonus features of behind the scene footage including:

  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Paul Gautschi demonstrating “How to Prune Your Fruit Trees”
  • Paul Gautschi sharing “The Importance of Seed Saving”
  • Meet the filmmakers
  • Trailer

With the continued support and involvement of individuals and groups, the message of Back to Eden will reach its fullest potential. The Back to Eden team has a vision to equip people around the world with the skills and knowledge of how to be better prepared for the days ahead, despite the global shortage of food, water and land. Some of the ways we would like to see our vision come to fruition are:

  1. To purchase land for training schools and community gardens.
  2. To develop and maintain workshops and training schools that teach “Eden” methods of gardening.
  3. To send training teams into nations around the world.

All donations enable the makers of Back to Eden to travel while documenting, presenting and building Eden gardens nationally and internationally. Additionally, your generosity helps provide a venue for the public to watch the full feature documentary film, Back to Eden, online for free. The Back to Eden team thanks you for your support and encouragement!

Back to Eden is a very inspiring video!

We should consider buying the DVD so that members without internet access can watch it at home and to support the people who produced this documentary.  It’s great that they are willing to SHARE  this fantastic information free of charge, but it would definitely be a worthy cause to purchase the DVD.

Maybe in a year or two we could even make our own DVD with our success stories and growing methods adapted to our high desert climate?

While we have been using wood chips since last spring, we mix the chips with the local (screened) soil to add organic matter when we first plant in our native soil.  We do NOT till.  We also need wind, sun and critter protection and we plant much denser, do companion planting and have to water a lot more.

We’ll be watching at least some of the other FAQ videos at future meetings.

The second video we watched was the Peaceful Valley ( introduction to cover crops:

We bought cover crop seeds last winter and still have lots of seeds, so please let us know if you’d like to try some on a bed or area that’s bare for the winter.

Here is a description of the HUGE Peaceful Valley cover crop selection.

More info: Nitrogen fixation—how that happens in your soil

We recently put lots of soil builder and the mustard/radish mix on one of our huegels and they are already sprouting through the wood chips.

The drawing was for two Grand Prizes: 

Choice of  amaryllis bulb kit, bamboo, large basil or palo verde tree.

As always, everybody got to select one of the door prizes: various seedlings, 20 red wiggler worms, gardening supplies (D.E., rice hulls) gardening tools, pots, labels …

And of course we brought our winter veggie, salad and herb seeds so everybody could take a few home.

PLEASE save the seeds from any LOCALLY grown veggies, herbs and flowers!

Robin brought cookies and handouts about composting and organic fertilizer, thanks!

After the meeting the Dolanites and Frieda came over to our place to check out our many projects and Tony told us that he has a LOT of very old horse manure.  Fred has a large trailer and we might organize a “manure run” this fall.

NEXT MEETING: Monday at 10/31/11 — 1 PM (Halloween) at the Lake Mead City Music Hall.

We’ll discuss winterizing green houses and shade houses, raised bed and row covers, composting and the organic fertilizer recipe.   Let’s buy the ingredients in bulk to lower the cost of a high quality organic fertilizer.