The overall size of the garden has increased to 120 square feet from 100 last year. I’ve changed the irrigation system to make it easier to manage. Last year I had a single soaker hose that snaked from row to row. It was hard to move around and get water just where I wanted. The hose itself sucked because it was a thin walled hose with holes every 12 inches. Again hard to get water just where I wanted. This year I have a single poly hose that runs along the inside wall. I can then connect smaller hoses to this hose along the perimeter anywhere I want. I’m already using 1/4 inch recycled tire hose which is a soaker hose that spews water all over it.
My biggest concern is lack of nutrients in the soil. I added amendments last year and added more this year but it’s just not going to be enough. To overcome this I will use compost tea. “Why go to the extra trouble of brewing, straining, and spraying a tea rather than just working compost into the soil? There are several reasons. First, compost tea makes the benefits of compost go farther. What’s more, when sprayed on the leaves, compost tea helps suppress foliar diseases, increases the amount of nutrients available to the plant, and speeds the breakdown of toxins. Using compost tea has even been shown to increase the nutritional quality and improve the flavor of vegetables.” I’m betting a lot on this so it better work as good as they say.
On Sunday the it was in the high 60’s. We went to the Fiery Food Show at the Albuquerque convention center. I’m not much into spicy food but my Girlfriend is. The place opens in the morning for vendors and opens at 12 for the public, we got there at 12 and it’s a good thing we did. By the time we left at about 1:30 the parking garage was filling up. The place was packed, you could hardly walk to the various booths. Watching the news tonight they said this was their best year by 15%. We walked over to check out Tucano’s Brazilian Restaurant. Our first time to this kind of restaurant and we weren’t in the mood to pay $19.95 a person for all the meat we could eat so we just got the salad bar.
It was a busy but great weekend.