- Attempt repairs to northern bund
- 27th: Received Copper rod
- 20th: Copper rod ++ https://www.metals4u.co.uk/copper/c3/copper-round-bar/c34
01937 534318 £30 for 1m of 1/2"
- 7th: Flax tarpaulin arrived, tis ok
- 4-6th: Cleared area for turning by wagon in triangle field.
- 2nd: Cornwall Wood Treatment: 01209 820878
1st: Tavistock: Wood and transport lime ??
Build three pillars as short version of north beam support.
Maybe four pillars 2.1 metre centres
- Change batteries by 20th and or reconfigure to 3 + 1
- Decide on location for fig and build ***
- Consider wire mesh for crop cage May 2017
For lower surrounds to keep out mice 22g 13mm
(10m x .6m) Tavy Woodlands £17.50+VAT
- Clear greenhouse, transplanted lettuce, sown leeks, small bed for garlic and odd alliums,
- 28th: Wood bed border by greenhouse
- 27th -28th: Check out flax canvas treatment
- 23rd -26th: Deer fencing 23%
- 24th: Vision Express - checked thinning note sent
- 24th: NE Payment - send new bank details
- New 'bender' OK 61%
- New shelter for generator and gardening tools 100%
- Move rich soil and clear bed for broad beans 100%
- 30th: Borax arrived
- 28: Tuai brought 12 bags of sand and 2 cement
- 27: New spec frames arrived and are at least as good as expected :)
- Bought oil, turps and borax 100%
As I intend to use borax to help preserve wood and canvas I am concerned about it's toxicity to plants:
Boron is an essential micronutrient which means it is essential for plant growth and development, but is required in very small quantities. Although Boron requirements vary among crops, the optimum boron content of the leaves for most crops is 20-100 ppm . . . Typical applications of actual boron are about 1.1 kg/hectare or 1.0 lb/acre but optimum levels of boron vary with plant type.
Unless used in small amounts -- such as 1/2 teaspoon in a gallon of water -- Borax is toxic to plants. . . . Or mix 1/2 cup of borax in a gallon of water and apply to the base of weeds to act as a liquid herbicide on the roots.
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Growing of cotton uses a lot of valuable water, unless organic masses of biocides and even when fairtrade mostly exploits the relatively poor.
. . . the whole cotton industry is one of the most toxic industries on the planet! (In the top 5). The cultivation of cotton requires enormous quantities of toxic chemicals, in the form of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers. This cotton is sourced from India, so . . . the soil, air, water and people in India are being polluted. Not only that, the finished canvas is then imported to . . .
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Flax could be fitted in well with small-scale farming and indeed as a crop was considered as providing useful employment for labourers during quieter periods in the farming year. It was a labour intensive crop, well-illustrated by the estimate that 1 acre of flax needed 82 man days for weeding, far more than other crops, such as rye needing the least at 21 days. It also depleted the soil with 19thC writers recommending it ought not to be grown in the same soil more than once every 10 years.
. . . The widely accepted yield of 50 stones (sts) of usable fibres per acre of flax . . .
50st > 700lb > 700yds2 (585m2) of 16oz canvas > 778m2 of 12oz
700lb = 318Kg so I'd need to efficiently grow approx 490sq yds to get 32kg (22 x 22)yds (20 x 20)m2
Write-up on hemp to come? Maybe!