How well do you know your growing conditions?
Understanding your growing conditions is your roadmap to getting the best from your garden and farm. To growing food that looks after itself.
Yet it’s not something we commonly do.
Many people worry about not having the skills.
Even the words ‘site assessment’ is weighed down with visions of painstaking surveys, heaps of paperwork, and days spent recording stuff.
As one of my students bluntly, but politely stated, “why are we wasting time doing an assessment when we could be already planting?”
How can we get the benefits without the hurdles?
Paying a consultant is one option. They know what they are doing, but it’s an expensive way to go.
Doing the job yourself is cheaper, and there are heaps of books and online resources to help you.
However, most take a while to do. One online resource even stated, “the assessment can be done in a few weeks”. If you’re anything like me – you have too many other things that need doing…
It’s the simplest and quickest way to get to know your growing conditions.
Understanding and mapping your physical and environmental conditions has never been so easy! You get the benefits, without all the usual hurdles to jump over.
GrowMap for two units on one house block
By understanding your soil, landform, drainage, patterns of sun and shade, etc., you can cross-check the preferred growing conditions of different food plants (and livestock) with your growing conditions. Then select and grow food plants better able to look after themselves.
Avocados, for example, grow stronger in well-drained soil. So do bananas protected from strong winds. Raspberries and gooseberries prefer partial shade.
You’ll rear livestock with fewer costly veterinary bills. Grow plants that don’t need pampering with fertilisers, compost, and foliar sprays … and produce food for you, your family and customers rather than the insects!