2 Review (s)

  1. Vladimir Alekseevich SOKOLOV, city of Volzhsk. Mari El Republic

    Dear summer cottagers! With pain, sadness and bewilderment, I read publications about the methods of landing in the so-called "holes". For example: “I put a handful of manure (better than humus), a handful of ash, a small pinch of superphosphate and as much urea in every hole ...” Think about it, my dear gardeners, like this, say, a potato bush will eat a handful of manure and other things, if it stretches their roots at least 40 cm in diameter ?! What kind of food will they find there? And in tomatoes, individual roots reach a length of 1 m and sometimes climb onto an adjacent bed.
    Personally, I always do whatever I want (or have the opportunity) to make, distribute evenly over the entire surface of the garden bed, close it to the required depth, then sow or plant it evenly. And plants themselves find their roots what they need and what they want.
    The practice of planting trees (apple trees, pears, etc.) in "planting pits" with a diameter and depth of 50 cm is also very perplexing. "We will dump a bucket of humus, mix and plant our tree there." And satisfied. And next year, the tree, having mastered the contents of the "fossa", will begin to look for food beyond its borders. And there is a continuous heater around - hard soil without humus and compost!
    We dug a landing pit under the apple tree 1 m deep and 1,5 m in diameter and filled it with more or less decent nutrient soil. But there is nothing much to be proud of: five years later, the apple tree launched its roots 3 meters from the trunk and "climbed" across the path to neighboring beds ... So let's think more broadly, let's think about planting methods and draw conclusions as far as possible.
    Why potatoes should not be hilled
    Another example: “I water the infusion of chicken droppings (1 liter for each bush), then after 15 days - infusion of mullein (also 1 liter for each bush).” Dear colleagues, I strongly advise you to make all dressings not "under each bush", but in the aisles! Plants are better.
    But to dig or not to dig - we have no question. We annually sprinkle the beds of vegetables with humus (if possible abundantly) and dig them to the depth of the shovel. In this case, humus mixes well with the soil. Well, how do we grow carrots 25-30 cm long if you loosen the ground only 5 cm?
    We never think about how to place beds - from south to north or from west to east: each individual plant is completely indifferent to how the entire bed is located. We do not practice narrow beds either: we were convinced in practice that with good care from a 120 cm wide bed, the yield is twice as high as from a 60 cm wide bed.
    And with Mitlider we liked the fact that there was no need to spud potatoes. Before planting, scatter on the potato plot everything we want (and we can) - ash, nitrophosphate, superphosphate, humus, etc. We pass through a rake and begin to plant.
    We make for two kopka shovel holes with depth of 20 cm and put the potatoes. We add only onion husks. When we proceed to the next row, we throw the earth from the holes of the first row into the aisle, and the one that remained with the second row of holes, we slightly cover the potatoes in the previous row. Thus, a mound is formed in the aisle width of 60-70 cm, which we rake the rakes when the shoots reach the height of 10-15 cm. It turns out that such a "mini-hilling", that's all. There is no more double, let alone triple hilling.
    When the tops reach a height of 20-25 cm, we pass the rows between the cultivators, and that’s all - all that remains is watering and fighting the beetle. We have been planting this for 14 years, as we have seen that in the hillock after hilling there are no roots, especially stolons, it is almost always dry.
    Oh, take it and pour it! ..
    I'm literally infuriated when a small gentle planting is put in a hole, sprinkled with soil and begins to roughly tamp down. And I want to grab a stick and tread on the hands! After all, the tender roots at the same time crack and break. Well, you sprinkled it neatly on the soil, and the fields just as gently, lightly, with water. At the same time, the roots are combined with the soil.
    It's even worse to watch when plants with a closed root system are planted. The wackiest habit is to gouge the root system before planting. Put the whole lump in the hole, sprinkle with soil and water abundantly - the plant will only be grateful to you and will straighten the root system as it needs, and not you. It will only be a transplant!
    Another terrible moment: many are too lazy to make holes of the right size. They shove a lump with the root system, but it does not fit in the hole in height. And they simply sprinkle it with soil and start ramming it with their feet to the desired height ... Well, there are no words! Is it too lazy to dig a shovel again ?!

  2. Yulianna PULENKOVA, Krasnodar Territory

    My neighbor is a very addicted person, willingly trying fashionable novelties. Recently, she became a fan of organizing a garden on the Mitlider. According to this system, the beds are made narrow, 40-45 cm, and the aisles between them are very wide, up to 1 m. The beds are upholstered with boards so as not to scatter, and the passages are covered with a coating. It seems that very little land is used, but they claim that yields are obtained almost more than with the traditional layout with wide ridges and narrow aisles. Such a garden is easy to process, weeds are few. And in general: less landing area - less work. Plants are well lit and ventilated, there is no thickening.
    But something nevertheless did not suit me in this method. Mitlider is supposed to have a clear system of using mineral fertilizers. I am a supporter of "natural" feeding. I use only manure, humus, herbal infusions, etc. in the garden. All the plant debris I go to compost, and then return to the ground. It turns out non-waste production. In general, I decided to make beds in the old fashioned way: wide - for vegetables and spicy herbs, and furrows - for potatoes. Harvesting vegetables, of course, has not yet been completed, but according to the intermediate results, my neighbor and I go head to head - my traditional beds give as much yield as her fashionable, narrow ones!
    Karina ELSUKOVA, Lipetsk


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