Tom Bartels – Temperature & Timing: Natural Systems For A Successful Food Garden

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edited November 2020 in Home Grown Food Summit 2020

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  • TomBartels
    TomBartels Posts: 18 ✭✭✭

    Hello All. Looking forward to it! Cheers, Tom Bartels

  • tomandcara
    tomandcara Posts: 712 ✭✭✭✭

    Took your Nutrient Dense Soil class from The Grow Network Academy and looking forward to your presentation in the summit. Thank you in advance.

  • TomBartels
    TomBartels Posts: 18 ✭✭✭

    Good Morning!

  • Marjory Wildcraft
    Marjory Wildcraft Posts: 1,613 admin

    Hi Tom, so glad to see you online.

    I'm currently in the tropics in Puerto Rico and contrary to popular belief, there is a need for timing here too. It's definitely much more relaxed than the tighter constraints of the colder temperate climates, but there is a dry season and a wet season. I'm looking forward to living through them all.

  • TomBartels
    TomBartels Posts: 18 ✭✭✭
    edited May 2020

    :Hey Marjory! Hope all is well and warm down there.

  • TomBartels
    TomBartels Posts: 18 ✭✭✭

    All good.

    Here for questions if anyone has some.

  • ceriridenour
    ceriridenour Posts: 52 ✭✭✭

    Love the pics of the garden! Really great info, always learn something new from Tom's presentations. Made me hungry to go get some carrots. lol

  • TomBartels
    TomBartels Posts: 18 ✭✭✭

    Thanks Lyda!

  • Leanna
    Leanna Posts: 12

    I really appreciated the explanation of why the soil blocks are better than what I'm doing now.

  • TomBartels
    TomBartels Posts: 18 ✭✭✭

    Yep, soil blocks rule.

  • Leza
    Leza Posts: 19

    It's always a pleasure listening, learning, and being inspired by you, Tom!!! 😃 Wish we could even walk out into our yard in the winter, but we usually have a pretty consistent 12' or more of snow on the ground all winter! I'm in western Wisconsin, aka, the frozen tundra... . 😏

  • TomBartels
    TomBartels Posts: 18 ✭✭✭

    Hah, I hail from Eastern Wisconsin! (Milwaukee) Winters can be brutal in that state! Heard there may have been snow there last night even.

  • Bonnie
    Bonnie Posts: 9

    Hi Tom, I signed up for your classes in your last presentation on the summit. Do the classes offered here differ from those? I am a member of your active garden group. Thanks to Marjorie and her team. Great stuff.

  • TomBartels
    TomBartels Posts: 18 ✭✭✭

    Same workshop classes in today's link. Glad you like them!

  • Anne
    Anne Posts: 5

    Soil blocks are good, but if you already have the containers, it's much cheaper to re-use those with potting soil - all of those other things he has can really add up. I mulched my carrots like that one winter, and they were mush when I went to harvest them - the key is to have snow when the temps drop and not lots of freezing and thawing. Plus, my hands can't stand to harvest anything outside in winter! I wonder how much that underground storage unit cost to make... He has an amazing garden and set-up, but I don't think it's for an average person with a full time job and modest salary...

  • kchiarini
    kchiarini Posts: 66 ✭✭✭

    Great job, Tom. Very organized and filled with interesting suggestions.

    I didn't see anything to the left that we could get that chart for frost dates. Can you help me? Thanks so much!

  • TomBartels
    TomBartels Posts: 18 ✭✭✭

    Link is to right on my presentation page. It’s a photo of me in my garden. That link will take you to the page with frost date info.

  • Leza
    Leza Posts: 19

    Small world! 😃 Friends up in the UP got snow last night. We're supposed to get snow Saturday night/Sunday morning. We had frost last night, and tonight it's supposed to get down to 25F... . We did have snow about 2 weeks ago... . Yes, a brutal and severe state! 😏

  • Adele
    Adele Posts: 18

    Thanks, I enjoyed this. I always learn a lot from Tom's presentations. I'm trying soil blocks for the second year this season, and they are doing much better than last year, when the blocks were too dry and then I overwatered them. This year, I'm getting excellent germination. I didn't know about putting the bit of perlite on top of each hole -- will try that!

  • Molly
    Molly Posts: 20

    I'd like to thank Tom and Marjory both. While staying up later than I should to get Tom's presentation watched, I looked up to see the temperature in my little plastic greenhouse was down to 32 F. If I hadn't stayed up, I would have lost everything out there in tonight's freeze. I'm also very glad my husband found that thermometer that I could put in the greenhouse with a unit inside that lets me know how cold it is out there. Sure is a chilly night in the frozen tundra. :)

  • herbantherapy
    herbantherapy Posts: 453 ✭✭✭✭

    Being totally overwhelmed by too much info I did not go to everyone’s web page and now I wish I had. Is there a link someplace else besides the presentation page to find frost dates?