Evidence of Good Soil Preparation

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Today on want to show some pictures of my garden.  This is mostly to validate my previous blog entry on  soil preparation.


It is most important to emphasis our garden is growing  without any chemicals of any kind.  The soil was enriched with leafs and then I added about 15  pounds of bone meal, 20 pounds of kelp meal and 10 pounds of blood meal.  The bone meal provides a readily usable phosphorous to help especially with blooming.  The kelp meal gives your plant a very accessible potassium source which gives the plant turgor.  It also supplies a bunch of nutrients like magnesium.  The blood meal is used for nitrogen.  Nitrogen gives the plants the source for their growth.  I don't want my plants growing too tall and therefore I don't add quite as much nitrogen. 

 There are exceptions of course.  If you are growing lettuce where you want a lot of leave growth then work a little more blood meal into the base of the plants and water very well.  

These are all pictures of this years garden.  These plants were almost all started in my propogation center after March 17th.  I then transplanted most of them on Derby Day.  Most of my garden gets about 12 hours of sun every day but parts get as little as six. 


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Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

Wouldn't it be nice if people got back to living in their homes, raising families in their homes, retiring in their homes, and perhaps even dieing in their homes? That would also mean that they would probably have some time for good, quality gardening, which always brought my family together.

Jun 28, 2009 09:31 PM #1
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

I think the family farm and three generations living under one roof like the Waltons helped everyone. Good food, that you knew was from the farm, not loaded with chemicals and from who knows where.

Jun 29, 2009 01:51 AM #2
Kenny McAnally
Wow! Paul, you are truly gifted. I dont think i could photoshop greener leaves. The more i think about organic gardening, and life in general, i cant help but realize that everything works together. Maybe its because its a no brainer, and maybe its obvious, but it seems to me that we were given all that we need. The soil, seeds, sun, and rain have all been gifted to us along with the capacity to understand and cultivate with such basic principals. I'm excited in my own life's garden to see the product of labors and sewn seed. May your soil be always furtile, and your yeild be always plenty. -Nephew
Jul 07, 2009 06:14 AM #3
Paul Campbell Realtor Lexington
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Russell and Andrew,

I grew up on an organic farm although we didn't call it that.  I then taught and raised my children on a small organic farm near Seattle. 

You can take the farmer off the farm but you can't take my passion away from the earth. 

Jul 07, 2009 02:29 PM #4
Paul Campbell Realtor Lexington
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Glad you responded to my  blog.  I like to write about gardening so you may find other helpful things on here.  So happy you are beginning to garden.  It does so much for the soul.  Greet your lovely wife with a big hug and kiss.  Uncle Paul

Jul 07, 2009 02:32 PM #5
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