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  1. Now this is the perfect example of a farm that would benefit from BIOCHAR enormously!

    I'm switching all my raised beds over from the native clay soil that I improved with biochar and compost to a sand based mixture that I make from scratch, coarse builders sand, biochar and compost. The reason I'm doing this is because even though the clay based soil has become some amazing stuff over the last few years it still is too dense which makes the plants struggle with their root development which means that annual plants just don't grow as fast as they do in a sand based soil mix.

  2. I'm planning to buy a land to farm on, 30 mins drive from my current resident, but kinda clueless about the best way to secure the farm business down the road. I hope you dedicate a complete guide about this important topic, I'm big fan and also read your book 2 times so far 😉

  3. Hey curtis, I absolutely love all of your content! I'm opening a microgreen farm in alabama next year, and I'm curious which computer programs you use or ones similar to help manage and run a farm, you said you use wunderlist for to do lists but are there any others you use to see an overall view of your farm?

  4. Great video, something I fight with in Sarasota FL. Curtis any distant plans to come back to FL? I'm 2 hrs away from Orlando, wish I could've made it to your last visit in the beginning of Nov(prior commitments) I'm planning to start a market garden and really thought about going to Arizona, but they just don't have the humidity we deal with here, granted they are probably growing in sand too. I would have really benefited from techniques for the FL MG, just wish I was around that week.

  5. If I had these soil conditions I'd be soliciting as much organic matter as I could. Create a drop off area for homeowners, landscapers and arborists to drop off green waste. Let it go through a rudimentary stage of composting and put it on the beds even if it isn't totally broken down. Yeah you'd have some wood and yeah, you'd need extra nitrogen to help that break down, but like others have said, mycorrhizal fungi and it's friends are key. The Earthway and the Jang can both plant in pretty rough soils. I've seen people using the Earthway in 100% wood chips. All the organic matter blanketed over the sand acts like water storage and plants will help the decomposition by pulling moisture from the uncomposted wood.

  6. I have sandy soil here in N. Florida but never considered the short bursts of irrigation. I'll try it next spring (no need for irrigation this season. Rain rain rain, nearly 70 inches in last 11 months).

  7. Curtis do you know somone who had good experiences with nutrient-charged biochar in sandy soil? Would be great to see a video on biochar use in market gardening and some talk about where it is appropriate to use. Thanks a lot for your videos, really appreciate it :)!

  8. Cool I have a farm in the middle of the Mojave Desert mostly fruit trees. I need to grow food for my 15 game bird's i have a lot of sand in my ground . Thanks never too old to learn

  9. Yo just start to propagate mycorrhizal fungi more into the crops the hyphae will bind together the soil particles, and over time build up a rich diverse beneficial microbial habitat where benefiting bacteria and other useful fellas will be able thrive also, and don’t worry about tilling because you don’t really have to do it….the fungi will leave pocket spaces behind for air to flow etc as well as leaving glomulin in the soil which is a sticky rich glycoprotein which helps bind the soil together 😉 and attracts more microbes and is food for other plants etc, it makes up 1/3 of the carbon where mycorhizle fungi are found, also you don’t want the soil to be to rich in phosphorus or nitrogen or the symbiosis is less likely to occur. Adding clay to sandy soils also helps but not to much.

  10. I'm in Mims, East Cen FL, on ancient sand dunes, which is what Sugarloaf is. Spreading a few inches of compost over thousands of sq ft of beds can be daunting and expensive. Our deep sand simply swallows it all up anyway. Something I'm experimenting with is digging a small vertical hole with PHD or mini-PHD, filling with mix of compost and my sand, and planting in the hole. The idea is to give the seed or seedling a good start, hoping it gets acclimated to sand as the roots grow out, and constant top dressing/mulching with compost, t. diversifolia, moringa, and the like for fertility and weed supression. Obviously, this is practical for dozens, maybe low hundreds of plants, but probably not thousands. That would be a lot of holes! In the spring, I'll try with sweet potato and melons; I think the sprawling surface growth will do great on top of the sand. We'll see how it works out.

  11. Would love to see something about growing in sandy soil in Colorado, pine forest area. My parents have tried to garden for years on sandy pine forest soil with very little success. It's not soft sand but a compact and stony sand.

  12. I live in Plant City (South and a bit west of where this video was shot) and the sandy acidic soil we have here is great for fruit (particularly berries) but burns and stunts almost anything else. My best planting have been in raised beds but my strawberries and beans go directly in the ground and I get pounds of them from just a couple of yards (I have 5 square yards of planter bed).

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