Sunday, February 16, 2014

California Drought, Not good for US

The drought in California and the Southwest will have a very significant impact on the quality of life here in Bend, Oregon.  A large portion of the fresh, frozen, and canned produce we enjoy come from California and the Southwest.  I doubt other regions will be able to make up the difference over the short term.  The net result will be increased costs to the consumers IE us.  Central Oregon is a great place to work, live and play.  It is not a great place to grow produce.  I have fought deer, frost, and poor soils for years at my home at Snowshoe Inn, to grow produce.  I have learned to add large quanties of good compost, manage water, and use row covers to reduce the risk of frost.  In addition I have learned how to create a hydroponic grow room in my basement.  I have been very successful in growing lettuce, beet greens, spinach and micro greens all winter. 

Food for thought, think about adding a raised bed in your garden.  According to Elliot Coleman a 4 X 8 foot bed can produce enough produce to feed one person for the season.  He advocates a very aggressive organic growing techniques.   My 2 X 4 foot hydroponic system produces nearly all of our greens when it is production.

If you think an addition of a produce section for your landscape is in order feel free to contact me for assistance.

Gardening is not only my business it is my passion

bob

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