Mar 18, 2012, 10:46 PM
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Re: [sparks] Tell me about your SOTB garden !
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I live surrounded by farmland on the Jalisco coast -- crops are watermelon, chili, mangoes, papaya, banana and corn.
My garden is new so no fruit yet. Haven't done veggies yet as I want raised beds, better soil .... and fenced to keep my excavating dog from digging everything up. As it is I have to fence trees till they get big enough
New fruit trees are - papaya, 3 lime, starfruit (carambola), chico zapote or sapote, almond, avocado and banana. Gave my agave away because they were getting too big and hard to work around. Started two coco palms along the street
Um. Wow. I think I would die and go to heaven if I were your neighbor. I would be trading free homemade meals and whatever ele I could barter with for some of that fruit deliciousness. I LOVE star fruit, every year back home qhen it came "inseason" (aka shipped in) I would go nuts buying it until I couldnt eat anymore. I found them in Walmart here the other day, and bought some even though theynwere super green.
I wasnt aware star fruit grow well in MX. Now, for a bit of earth to be able to plant my own, I would give my left leg!
I did get some time today on the roof (my inlaws) cleaning up my suegras collection of random cacti and succulents. For about 2.5 months I have been composting all green matter and brown/dry leaves etc as well. My inlaws think Im nuts because I am collecting what they see as trash for my future garden, but I imagine the soil here in Mexico City sucks. Will be doing raised beds and small container gardening here on their roof until our house next door is done.
ONE QUESTION: ROOF STRENGTH . My suegro told my suegra she had to stop gardening on her roof, because he thought it was weakening the roof. The funny thing is, she stopped gardening but there are still plants up there. Can I assume correctly that the edges are the strongeat part of the roof? I may still to small containers/pots until our house is built, and then do raised beds on our roof only.
I dont want to cause a family rift, but the roof looks fine to me and is holding the weight. Is there a general consensus on how much weight a roof can hold? It is concrete, that is all I know.
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