eureka at hctc.net
eureka at hctc.net
Sat Nov 1 15:44:13 EDT 2008
My pool has a concrete bottom, one foot high metal walls
(holes drilled for draining, will plug with rubber corks
from inside and plant mint at weeps on outside) 15 foot
diameter. I have been saving rocks that came out of the
trench from the septic reroute to put around the exterior
to hide the metal. That would make it about 177 sf, or 23#
of rice. We use a lot more rice too, because we cook our
own dog food (turkey & rice with beans and greens). But it
seems decent to experiment with. I'll send you a picture
of it offline later this afternoon.
This is good info. When does one plant?
On Sat, 01 Nov 2008 15:00:55 -0400
EarthNSky <erthnsky at bellsouth.net> wrote:
> I'm with you. I just need probably one year to really
>set it up and
> find good seed sources. Do you have any idea of what
>kind of minimal
> water depth would be?
> The reason I ask is because I don't currently have the
> pool sides, but I have seen them on freecycle-you know
>people will give
> them away in exchange for taking them down. I don't
>have that, but I do
> have the bottom of a plastic water tank. It was a 400
>gal tank that
> split, so I cut it up. The base is about 4x4 and could
>hold about a 1
> foot of water.
> According to John Jeavons, I would need 1.7 oz, lets say
>2.0 oz of seed
> for 100 square feet. Obviously, in my little plot, I
>would only have 16
> sf. That is not much seed. Yield in US is about 13#/
>100 sf, so in my
> little plot, I might get 2 pounds of rice. It might be
>a good test plot
> until I can acquire materials for a larger plot.
> So 1 inch apart, seeds started in flats, then
>transplanted to 4 inches
> apart into paddy(intensively planted), 17 weeks to
>harvest after that.
> Jeavons chart shows Calrose as a good variety.
> His chart also says that the average person consumes 17
>pounds of rice a
> year. I think I eat more than that! In fact, I think I
> that. So, to grow 35 pounds of rice, I would need about
>300 sf, or 600
> sf for the two of us. A 27 ft diameter swimming pool
>gives me about 572
> sf, which would be plenty of room to grow rice for two
> would be better, but 27 ft pools are easy to find.
> eureka at hctc.net wrote:
>> OK Bev, I think you and I should be the rice growing
>>guinea pigs of
>> the list serve. Let's do it with our respective pools.
>> document it on our blogs. Whaddayasay??
>> Now I need to find out when to plant, what kind of rice,
>>and where to
>> get the grain seed. I suppose a bag of brown rice from
>> supermarket won't do, although I remember Bill saying he
>> fava beans right from the health food store bag.
>> On Fri, 31 Oct 2008 20:32:49 -0400 EarthNSky
>><erthnsky at bellsouth.net>
>>> Yes, I have seen the Budweiser Rice Paddies in both LA
>>> Arkansas. This is not what I envision for here, not even
>>> am thinking of a small paddy in a low lying area, using
>>> pool(above ground metal sided type) to create a
>>>wetland, using a
>>> rainwater collection tank(300 ga) to fill the paddy. Of
>>> draining is easy. That is of course, for wetland rice,
>>> what is grown in the US.
>>> Dry land rice intrigues me, but I need to find out more
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