Farhan Ahsan

My name is Farhan Ahsan,I am web enthusiast,writer and blogger, I always strive to be passionate about my work , I am a poultry lover,my interests are gardening,wildlife,nature and farming.
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Garden Irrigation with Ollas

Ollas are an unglazed terracotta vessel that traditionally resembles a bulbous vase with a tight neck. The vessel is filled with water then buried in the soil. The water slowly and gently releases through the porous clay to hydrate the plant.

Super bummed out we couldn’t find a pottery studio to make our own, so I’m experimenting with some ~8in high terracotta pots that should serve the same purpose. Protip: reuse wine corks to plug up the drainage hole. I bought matching lids to cover the pots to prevent mosquito infestations and reduce evaporation.

So far so good. I’m only testing on the gardening box that receives the most intense amount of sunlight. The water levels were almost completely drained at 7 days with temperature ranging for 30F to 60F in the past week. I’m sure the water level will go faster in the summer, but at least this means I can take a few days of vacation and not panic. The drawback to my vessels is that it does take away a bit of surface planting space.

I’ll probably do an update this summer to see how things hold up!

Now I wonder how this would work on a smaller scale/square foot gardening. Like I’m doing in the front beds. Sacrifice 2 or 3 squares in certain locations so the pots can water the surrounding plants. Would be cheaper than the drip irrigation I want to put in.


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qt lil planties

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A Compost Experiment

UW Farmers, keep making your compost. The compost crew just tested our product, so we can show you that it works.

When I sent an email to the UW Farm list­serv to enlist help for start­ing toma­toes in Octo­ber 2013, I received a cou­ple of puz­zled responses from our con­cerned vet­eran farmers:

Kay, ya know it’s win­ter right?”

Why are you start­ing toma­toes at this time of the year? Just curious.”

It was not because we were crav­ing greenhouse-grown toma­toes, nor was it because we were in denial of winter’s arrival. It was because we were using tomato plants as our exper­i­men­tal “subjects”.

This exper­i­ment was dove­tail­ing of my research ques­tion and inter­ests with those of our farm man­ager Sarah Geurkink. I was inter­ested in find­ing out whether the com­post that farm­ers have always been mak­ing in our Back Forty actu­ally helps improve soil fer­til­ity. At the same time, Sarah was con­cerned about the impov­er­ished state of the soil at the UW Farm’s new Mer­cer site. Unlike the rich, dark and sweet-smelling soil we have at the Botany Green­house site, where com­post has been added for years, the soil at Mer­cer looked mostly like a mix­ture of dry, grey sand and silt inter­spersed with jaggy lit­tle rocks.

Is it just the look of the soil that dif­fers? Or is it func­tion­ally dif­fer­ent for plant growth as well? The pic­tures here are worth a thou­sand words (although the thou­sand words fol­low for those of you inter­ested in nitty-gritty eco­log­i­cal meth­ods). Mer­cer soil made stunted tomato plants, but even 25% of that soil replaced with UW-grown com­post helped them thrive!

read more: http://blogs.uw.edu/uwfarms/2014/02/03/a-compost-experiment/

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The Lost Gardens of Heligan

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After planting my zinnia seedlings in pots, I felt inspired by richly colored borders seen on The Productive Gardens at Heligan blog.

s i m i l a r: Life On An Organic Flower Farm / Martha Stewart’s farm fogged in / Monty Don in his garden at Longmeadow

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The Bashkir Curly horse is known as one of the last greatest mysteries of the horse world. They were thought to be descended from the Russian Bashkir, but upon further examination the link could not be established. A study by Russian scientists, the Moscow Zoo, and researching and conducting independent studies of other types of Russian livestock came to the conclusion that there is no curly haired horse from the Bashkir. It was later proven though that the Lokai from the Tajikistan region does on occasion show characteristics of a curly coat. It is believed that Curly Bashkir could actually be the descendant of the Lokai, but this is also an issue of dispute.”


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