In Califonia we are having a mild, dry winter... (so far at least). My biggest winter chore is getting all the apple trees trimmed and that is done. Since it is such nice weather I can't help myself but do a little planting.... But it is Winter right?
Well... I tilled the edges of my very long driveway cuz it was just a mess...and then I thought hey why not throw in some dry land winter wheat... IF i get enough dew or a little rain it will work. I put it in a little late... but I am at a higher elevation so should be ok. I will let you know....And just so you store the fact away... you plant hard red wheat in the fall... let it sit through the freeze and winter and you harvest it the next year...
Side note on wheat:
- It takes 30 lbs of wheat to plant an acre
- 2 five gallon buckets of hard red wheat from the mormon cannery is 75 lbs
- An acre of wheat will produce about 30-50 bushels
- A bushel of wheat equals about 30 -40lbs of flour
- You need about 40-50 lbs of flour per person a year
- An acre will feed 20-40 people a year depending on yeild
- That is why Grain was grown as a trade crop.. you had extra after what you needed for your family Here is a link about wheat
I also have my raised beds which I had prepped for the winter by putting compost on them and then tenting them with black plastic. The tenting keeps the beds from getting compressed if we get a little snow. Since it has been so nice I pulled back the plastic and let my chickens scratch in the beds... Since the soil is kind of warm from the tenting and has fresh compost in the beds I have no problem keeping the chickens in the beds and they leave it with extra nitogen from their droppings... IF i wanted to force them to be in the beds I would get around to making a little portable chicken coop and run that fits right on top of myraised beds... Farming... always another project you can do.
Which brings me to containers and seeds. I have a little greenhouse where I am NOT growing anything under big lights this year. I am growing the standard things in containers like tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, strawberries and a few rasberry bushes but no "cash crop" this year. The plants come in slower without the big lights, but my costs are basically 0 and I am experimenting with getting my greenhouse to really produce on the cheap. I do have a fun experiment going with solar LED's and small watt grow lights. I have my small T25 watt grow lights on my starter trays... and I run THESES from solar. AND...! I have a new LED light that I am trying on one tomatoe plant which is also on solar. If I get a good result I will get a couple more. The whole LED light area is still developing (thanks to california pot farmers) and I am interested in the lower wattage ones that can run on solar.
So start something... ! and get a container for your deck, a lemon tree or something and start growing...