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  • 43 yards of compost and 3 weekends - vegetable gardening

    By razaieth
    May 11, '16 9:03 AM EST

    Started from bare ground, this Santa Barbara garden yields vegetables year-round A FRENCH POTAGER (kitchen garden) inspired the design of this Santa Barbara vegetable garden. In wedge-shaped beds, owners Peggy and Bryan Rishe grow vegetables year-round. Since the garden is all organic, its also a haven for birds, butterflies, and beneficial insects, an immense heaven, all realized with a diy project, something trully spectacular. Weve managed to create a little slice of nature in suburbia, says Peggy Rishe.

    Creating the garden was a challenge for the Rishes, both first-time gardeners and recent transplants from the Midwest. We had a clear idea of what we wanted, but we literally didnt know the difference between a seed and a bulb, Peggy Rishe says.

    Before they started the project, she read every garden book and catalog she could get her hands on and took adult education classes in gardening. Soon she was hooked. I was raised in a farming town; I guess learning about gardening brought out the dormant farmer in me.

    At first, the Rishes were going to put in a lawn, but once the project was under way, they decided that grass would demand too much water and maintenance without giving anything in return (You cant eat grass clippings, Bryan Rishe observes). Thats when the vegetable garden idea took shape. IMPROVING THE SOIL TOOK THREE WEEKENDS

    The first step was to improve their adobe soil. During construction of their house, the topsoil had been scraped off and the remaining soil was compacted. For three weekends, the Rishes shoveled in 33 yards of mushroom compost and manure, 14 yards of sand, and 10 yards of redwood compost.

    To counteract the gardens rectangular shape, the Rishes formed wedge-shaped beds bordered by crisscrossing, wood-chip-covered paths.

    Then the planting began. To get the greatest selection, Peggy Rishe started plants from seed, and shes always trying new kinds.

    For summer harvest, she grows five successive plantings of yellow, white, and bi-color sugar-enhanced corn (Miracle is her favorite); six kinds of basil; high-yield Early Pride cucumber; Celebrity, Lorissa, and Marmande tomatoes (Lorissa and Marmande are high producers, but not as flavorful as Celebrity) and Macero II paste tomatoes; Ambrosia melons; Sunburst squash; and a rainbow of sweet peppers.

    She is always plugging in new plants. She grows lettuce in the shade of corn, and successive plantings of carrots as a border around several beds.


    People think that growing everything organically is difficult, but we found it cheaper, easier, and more healthful than traditional methods. Lots of products and tricks can help, explains Peggy Rishe. Here are some of the most successful.

    Enhance the soil regularly with compost. Before planting, the Rishes mix in compost, which they make in their barrel composter with garden waste and manure from their two rabbits. After planting, they add a 3-inch layer of mulch. To further increase nitrogen and organic matter in the soil, they plant a different bed each fall with a cover crop of clover, hairy vetch, and buckwheat, which they turn under in spring.

    Building up the soil has paid off. They now have an active earthworm population and rely very little on commercial fertilizers.

    Rotate crops. To discourage crop disease, the Rishes rotate beds so no vegetable is planted in the same site longer than three years in a row.

    Choose flowering plants that attract beneficial insects. Encircling the vegetables are flowers to attract and maintain the beneficial insects that Peggy Rishe introduces in spring, as well as ones that arrive on their own. She also grows the flowers for drying.

    She finds that perennials such as asters, tansy (if you have room), and yarrow are more effective than annuals like marigolds. She also allows some of the carrots, Chinese chives, cilantro, dill, and parsnips to flower; these also attract beneficial insects.

    Use least-toxic pest controls. To control aphids, mites, thrips, and whiteflies, she released green lacewing eggs and trichogramma wasps (1,000 of each every other week for six weeks). She already had ladybugs from previous introductions. She handpicks beetles and caterpillars and sets out sticky traps for whiteflies and thrips, and beer traps for snails.

    She doesnt try to completely eradicate insect pests, so that beneficial insects will have a continual food source. She doesnt use toxic chemicals. For serious outbreaks, she spot-sprays as needed with Bacillus thuringiensis, insecticidal soap (mixed with rubbing alcohol for whiteflies), and pyrethrum.

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  • Greenery Enhancing any Assembly

    By razaieth
    Jun 29, '14 8:09 AM EST

    Sustainable architecture is architecture that seeks to minimize the negative environmental impact of buildings by efficiency and moderation in the use of materials, energy, and development space. Sustainable architecture uses a conscious approach to energy and ecological conservation in the... View full entry

  • La Lucia-South African Dream Mansion in Durban South Africa by Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects

    By razaieth
    Dec 26, '13 11:44 AM EST

    La Lucia-South African Dream Mansion in Durban South Africa by Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects [ Read More at © Homesthetics - Inspiring ideas for your home.] View full entry

  • small bedroom in 16 square meters

    By razaieth
    Dec 10, '13 7:16 AM EST

    Ahead of us we have a small bedroom design, a micro apartment solved in just 16 square meters. Read more at : Modern Small Room Design-16m² Apartment in Paris by Marc Baillargeon&Julie Nabucet [ Read More at... View full entry

  • Special Working Place Of Wooden Stripes by Bram Wonderbrack

    By razaieth
    Sep 8, '13 8:03 AM EST

    We tend to think that the best place is the one where you can focus, forget of the surroundings and people around you and just find your inner focus, the state and calm that you need to work and be effective while working. Of course we`re not talking about quiet places in the nature, we love... View full entry

  • Architecture?!

    By razaieth
    Jul 8, '13 8:29 AM EST

    We have a simple question for this amazing picture featuring a perfect do you access the space under the stairway?  View full entry

  • The HemLoft designed by Joe Allen

    By razaieth
    Mar 6, '13 8:23 AM EST

    Built in Whistler, Canada, The Hemloft is a self-creation of Joel Allen, a determined and innovative young software developer who came to fulfill his imagination as a self-taught carpenter. The project represents a small tree dwell created with one reason: embracing the nature. Outstanding... View full entry

  • Definition

    By razaieth
    Mar 2, '13 8:34 AM EST

    Anyone here would care to tell his own interpretation of architecture?! It`s an interesting and at the same time very hard to define architecture, thing which makes it so much more, much much more complex and appealing to those interested. Further on I`ll post some quotes related... View full entry

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