Thursday, January 26, 2012

Timeline & Starting Seeds with Soil Blocks

If you've read our timeline on our Indie GoGo campaign, you may be wondering why we're waiting until July to apply for a loan preapproval to purchase the land. Because we are self-employed as driving instructors, and I am self-employed as a janitor, we need to have 2 years of work history to apply for a loan. If we were employees, we'd only need 6 months of work history. Since July of this year will mark the 2-year requirement, that is when we can apply for the loan. Believe me, if we could apply for it earlier, we would! We are excited to get this project on the fast track, but the financial constraints have slowed the progress. We can't apply for any credit whatsoever until the 2-year milestone is reached.

I want to assure everyone interested in this project that we are not just going to take the money and forget about it. We have a vested interest in this project, and we'll continue to work at it tirelessly, no matter what the outcome of the campaign. The only difference the money will make is how soon we can accomplish these goals! We've worked hard to keep our c.redit s.core in excellent health so that when the time is right, the bank will have no problem lending to us.

Early this week, I purchased a soil blocker in anticipation of starting the first intensive crop in our small garden. Compressing the soil into soil blocks provides seedlings with more moisture and nutrients, making it unnecessary to fertilize them. When it is time to plant the seedlings in the ground, the compressed soil block virtually eliminates transplant shock, because the seedlings haven't become root bound, meaning the roots haven't wound around the soil with no place to go. Instead, the roots have plenty of soil in which to spread out and grow to the edge of the block - no twisting!

In surveying our garden, I discovered it is a little longer than I thought - 6 feet instead of 5. I'm going to make the garden 6' x 4', as a four foot width is the widest you can go without having to strain to reach inside of it, and disturbing the soil will result in lower crop yields. This means I'll have four additional square feet to work with, and I'm going to make the most of it, though I'm still deciding what the first crop should consist of. Any suggestions for what should be planted in a 24 square foot garden? I'd love to hear from everyone!

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