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Bill's Organic Garden – Fall and Winter Signs
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 • Posted September 5, 2013

Have you noticed that Mother Nature is sending us a big signal? The Live Oak trees are putting on a large amount of acorns and doing this earlier than normal years. Also, have you seen the female Ashe Juniper (Cedar) trees are producing a bumper crop of berries? These are the berries that we use to make “Cedar Tea” to banish the effects of Cedar Fever. Each of these signs point to different conclusions about what Mother Nature is trying to tell us. One conclusion is that the recent rains woke up the trees from their drought-induced slumber and the trees produced the fruits described above. The other conclusion is that Mother Nature is telling us we are in for a hard Winter and she is providing for the animals and humans the wherewithal to provide protection from starving for the deer etc. or from allergies for us humans.

Rice Grown Without Paddies

Here is a new way to grow rice. Rice is consumed by some 3 billion people world wide as reported by World Farmer (September 2013 issue) magazine. World Farmer further states that in countries or areas where water is in short supply they are growing rice aerobically. This system requires some 40 percent less water than the more traditionally growing practice of flooding. I wonder if the rice farmers on the southern end of the Colorado River have checked into this practice. It could certainly make for friendlier water meetings and more abundance of water for the Highland Lakes and happier rice farmers. It could be a win-win situation for all concerned.

U.S.-India Agricultural Knowledge Initiative through the U.S. Department of Agriculture funded this study. As water for human survival becomes more critical we as citizens of the planet earth will have to consider more alternatives to our live styles such as this farming practice. According to Harvard Business Review (July-August 2013 issue), “By 2050 the number of people living in cities will have nearly doubled from 3.6 billion in 2011 to more than 6 billion. Yet the world’s urban areas are already overcrowded and, particularly in developing countries, suffer from shortages of clean water, electricity, and other resources essential to the support of their exploding populations and fragile economies.”

Garden Duties

This is the month that we can start planting our Fall gardens. I already have my Fall tomatoes in and they are doing well. Check with your local garden centers and nurseries to see what Fall veggies they have on hand.

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