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Collin Rhoades
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  • Plano, TX
  • United States
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Square Foot Gardener
A bit about me:
I am just starting to grow a vegetable garden in my backyard this coming spring. I built the soil lasagna style with newspapers, green cuttings, leaves and shredded paper, table scraps, and compost made from the local yard and food refuse here in Plano called Texas Pure. I have 3 4X4 bed, 1 8X4 bed, and several containers I am planning to grow in. beds I am definitely getting the feeling I ordered to many seeds. I am planning to use a modified Square Foot Gardening Approach with a little companion gardening thrown in.

Also have gotten closer to the creepy crawlers than I ever thought I would. I have a vermicomposter going right now. Of course it is slower than molasses, so when it was infected with Black Soldier Fly Larva I discovered the Biopod which looks to process food at incredible rates. I know the black soldier flies definitely kick started the vermicomposter. I hope to use both together the Biopod to break down the food and the vermicomposter to stabilize the fly larva castings.

If I did not live in Plano Texas (the victim of antichicken zoning and a rather pernicious HOA) I would be raising chickens. So I just read and watch the chicken porn and dream of the days when I can let the chickens come home to roost and desensitize the Boston Terriers from the idea that chickens can be food.

Definitely looking for local sources for food here in the North Texas part of the Metroplex.
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
Tortellini with ricotta and spinach
Currently reading:
Plan B 3.0, Flat, Hot, and Crowded, 5 Spices 50 Dishes
Currently listening to:
Beast, Common, Eva Cassidy, Jimmy LaFave, Mirah, Rabbit in the Moon, The Be Good Tanyas, Alison Krauss, Lamb, Nickel Creek, Dixie Chicks, Gillian Welch, Jeff Black, Jenny Lewis
My latest DIY project:
Raised Beds in the Backyard.
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