Today was the deadline for the San Marcos Farmers market, we found out. With just barely enough time left in the day we secured our 2013 application and will be coming to the Saturday market in the v very near future with seasonal starts, produce, fresh and dried herbs, and eggs. Hope to see you there!
Our Start house is beginning to fill up. These little guys in the picture are about two weeks old. Today we doubled the amount of starts in anticipation of our upcoming food forest. Almost have enough to get our summer garden going.
In another two weeks or so we’ll do another round. The plan is to have way too many and an abundance of variety so that after our land is planted there will still be plenty to offer at the San Marcos Farmer’s Market. Hint hint.
< We have been busy creating various organic botanical products. Pictured are garden spice blends, culinary herb oils, facial spa lotion, hair rinses, tinctures, and soap.
We’ve begun to prepare the half acre strip of forest next to our house for the food forest we’re going to establish. We can hardly contain our excitement round here. Kirby Fry will be coming down this weekend to check the place out and help us strategize for the Permablitz we’ll be hosting March 23rd & 24th.
Step one: chop down invasive lagustrums.
Our most recent community meal was Cream of Potato Soup courtesy of Cass! Everything but the broth base came straight from the garden, spices and all. Ingredients included red potatoes, carrots, daikon, chives, a custom garden spice blend, powdered habanero, and an organic veggie broth and cream base.
A few of us went up to Austin this weekend to assist Kirby Fry on the first Austin area Permablitz, an event where a group of volunteers shows up and permascapes a site. This one was at Austin Eco School and he’ll be hosting one a month.
The level of cooperation was amazing and the number of people willing to contribute their time and money to make it happen was more than a little encouraging. We got a lot done and I’m happy to announce we’ll be the host site of a Permablitz in April.
The right side of this photo is a 6 foot swale that we backfilled with wood mulch and the berm runs beside it (the trellises, for grapes we planted, run down the center of the berm). There’s a ditch all the way around but the side opposite the swale is much more narrow.
Around the grapes we planted pears and plums and other fruit trees. A zig-zagged line of asparagus with a more technical term will run the length of the berm. On one side of the line we planted patches of annuals like carrots and radishes and on the other was an assortment of culinary and medicinal herbs surrounded by flowers. Blackberries will grow up the fence on the opposite side of the swale.
We laid irrigation and threw down some cover crops. In two days we made a 50×8 (don’t quote me on that) food producing ecosystem for the kids at Austin Eco School to take care of. And we did this:
Don’t let cedar fever get you down, come pick your own fresh veggies out of the garden. We got mostly greens right now: Bok Choy, Swiss chard, pea greens, beet greens, several types of lettuce, broccoli greens, and spinach. Sacred roots is not liable for any benefits to your health. Donations accepted. Ask about our pickled goods while you’re here.
We built our green house out of PVC and plastic on a wood frame on top of the concrete slab in the back. Since concrete makes poor growing soil we figured this would be the best use of space.