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Chicagoland Permaculture at Townline Design
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Waukegan, IL, US
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July update

Project: Chicagoland Permaculture at Townline Design

Posted by Daniel Brown over 10 years ago

Cardboard, woodchips, the start of harvest season, and our first farmers markets!

Staying on top of weeding and watering has been a chore this past month, but the rain came around pretty frequently for summer, especially in contrast to last year's record drought.  We did have to rig up some hoses to divert well water into our watering pond to keep it from drying up.

With all of our vegetable beds mulched with woodchips, weeding has been a worthy investment of time, as it will become less and less frequent in the coming years.

The cardboard for our footpaths has been rolling in by the truckload from a local fast food chain, and is being laid down on footpaths for long-term weed supression, and then buried with woodchips.  Both resources are free, and they're a great way to increase surface area (edge), and moisture retention, all while providing a slow release of nutrients and conditioning the soil for fungal activity.

A huge pile of ash logs fell into my hands this month as well.  Many of the ash trees on our property were made ill from emerald ash borers and were cut down.  That's fine by me though, since I now have a great stock of hardwood for growing culinary mushrooms.  The tunnels created by the pest will help the mycellium to colonize more quickly, so that it can establish itself before going dormant over the winter months.  Next spring, we should have an abundant supply of fresh delicious, and highly medicinal mushrooms for our patrons at the farmer's markets.

Speaking of which, we started our stand at two local farmer's markets this month, and have registered for a third one which we start in two weeks.  Our sales are climbing, but we won't see a huge profit until the tomatoes are ready (which should be very soon).  In the meantime, it's great for getting our name out there and letting everyone know what's coming up.

Aside from temperature fluxuation causing our broccoli to bolt, we've yet to encounter any dealbreaking challenges.  No pests have made a dent in our yields, and everything just keeps getting bigger and healthier.  We're seeing all kinds of beneficial species start to pop up in the veggies, too!

In lieu of reuploading a bunch of images, I'll simply link you to the entire album on Facebook, which is now public.

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