Space Time Continuous


| 4/3/2015 9:12:00 AM


Tags: Small Space Farming, Rotation, Manure, Time Management, Open Space, Jim Baker,

Jim BakerOne acre of land, 43,560 square feet. And yet there isn't enough room. I am a huge sci-fi fan, hence the title of this little ditty. There is not enough space, there is never enough time, and it is always continuous. So, how to create more 'space' within said space?

I have several huge maple trees that will be coming down. This will do several things all at once. I will suddenly have full sun on all my open property except for very late in the afternoon. I also will have more firewood than I can split and stack in one season, for sure. And it will open the entire area into useable space. It may take a couple of years to get all the roots rotted down and the stumps burned down enough that I can do something over them, yet it will be a lot more manageable with those trees down. Then I will start looking up. Vertical farming, and spaces made of whatever I can find will fit that bill. I need to do more research to be sure, yet I am thinking that cardboard Sonitubes, such as those they use for pouring concrete columns, with holes cut in them to make a tall vertical 'strawberry jar' type arrangement, would work great. Yet they cost money.

garden plots | iStockphoto.com/otokimus

Photo: iStockphoto.com/otokimus

So now it comes to some inexpensive options. I will be building some 'vertical boxes' from sawmill slabs, the predominate species being pine. Bark side in probably, a footprint of maybe an much as 4 feet square. It won't be too high, since I wish to work the whole thing from the ground. So, 4 feet wide by 5 feet high, 20 square feet. Four side, 80 square feet. Two rows of holes in each side, a hole every foot staggered, and I should have a minimum of 40 planting holes. And although I will have to pick and choose what is workable, the math says in 16 square feet my planting density just multiplied by at least four in that footprint.

My concern right now will be the stability of those towers once they are up. Time will tell. The biggest issues for my smaller space is volume per square foot. and how to increase it, whatever it is, until it reaches a level of being as good as it can get. This will also take into consideration such things as crop rotation and natural fertilizers (manure, compost, leaf mold, worm casting). I will also be looking at trial-and-error learning regarding open-space gardening, cold frames, row covers, row tunnels and, of course, high tunnels.

nebraskadave
4/6/2015 8:16:10 AM

Jim, yes Spock was a great loss to the SyFy world but his signature phrase and hand signal will live on through the long time fans. I too became hooked on SyFy long before the Star Trek series with a TV show called Flash Gordon but Star Trek started a whole new era of SyFy that has continued through 50 years. Now I hear a rumor that perhaps a new Star Trek TV series is in the works. One can only hope it's true. ***** Your garden plans sound very ambitious and I'll be looking forward to reading all about them in future posts. ***** Have a great Space Time Continuous day.





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