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I wonder what would happen if we planted vegies in a thin trench a foot below the surrounding soil.

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omnot
Apr. 22nd, 2009 08:52 am (UTC)
I expect it would work well for some plants. It really depends on what you want to grow that way. Some plants might object to reduced sunlight and air circulation and go mildewy, but apart from that I don't see any reason why it wouldn't work.

Myself, I've been wondering about the possibility of having vertical panels of metal for harvesting water from the air through condensation in suitable weather conditions. (I was originally thinking of concentrating available rainfall by putting tin over every second strip of garden, draining the rain onto the exposed ground, but my yard is not large enough to trial that effectively.)

I figure that if I place four or five parallel panels about a foot apart two feet off the ground and aligned east-west, they might simultaneously shelter low-growing Winter crops from frost as well as sometimes drip dew onto them.

I should fish out the sheets of armouring iron I have and set up a test plot.
splodgenoodles
Apr. 22nd, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC)
Somewhere in WA there's a guy working on wind powered condensing units. Will browse tomorrow if you like. featured on the ABC at some point.

The traditional spring/summer vegies have been conking out from too much sun+dryness - so the shade may be welcome. Those areas of my garden I used to keep for 'full sun' plants are basically dead zones for most of the year now. But yes, the mildew could be a problem. And of course, this is all assuming that putting everything below ground would help with water provision in the first place. The soil's really sandy here, so it might make very little difference.
kirieldp
Apr. 22nd, 2009 11:29 am (UTC)
My gardening method is usually "throw the seeds in the general direction of the soil and hope that something comes up".

Maybe when I move home to Aus, I will get one of these as the truly lazy girl's solution to gardening:

http://www.veryediblegardens.com/
splodgenoodles
Apr. 22nd, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah...I still can't believe that's working as a business proposition, but I actually like gardening.

Alas, throwing seeds around doesn't work here anymore. And the above ground things those people sell wouldn't work so well anymore either - above ground requires more water and with only two watering days a week you'd be struggling. (And don't even get me started on the corrugated iron walls...)
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