TWS Garden Wish List

Manure: Right now I’m in a soil creating frenzy. Soil is currently being lost on site from a number of different factors. Compaction, high winds, soil exposure, are all variables that create soil loss. Bringing manure on site and composting it is presently the best way to get immediate needed nutrients into our soil ecology. If you have a source that can be brought onto sight, especially if you have a way to move it here please let me know.

Molasses Unsulphured (preferably blackstrap): The Taos Waldorf microorganisms will sing your praise. A great ingredient for compost tea, storing homemade bio fertilizers, has many agricultural uses. Cheers!

Brown Sugar Organic: An integral part for fermenting bio fertilizers. Many techniques I’ll be using in first years come from the discipline of Korean Natural Farming and really compliment Biodynamic practices. These techniques will help jump start our soil ecology and produce high quality food, plants, and flowers. Can give all the power of conventional fertilizers without the unsustainable repercussions.

Wooden Barrels: Not a necessity though is the best thing for mixing up Biodynamic Preparations. Since we are a Waldorf school I figured we should have the optimum setup for this type of growing. So if anyone has some wood barrels around and are not using them, donate them and watch us make Biodynamic Vortex “Magic”. Anyone who has made Biodynamic Preparations knows what I’m talking about.

Food Grade 55 gallon Barrels: Well, maybe not a direct gift from nature though are sure handy for bio fertilizers, compost tea, grey water systems, and a number of other important functions.

Garden hose washers: I love our beautiful Taos County Water. Help me preserve it. Too many of our hoses have leaky connections. We need more washers.

Clay source: Do you know someone digging a foundation, maybe a well, or some other structure and has a large pile of natural clay as a repercussion they need to get rid of. Please contact me. Clay has great potential here at Taos Waldorf. We can use it on site for natural building projects, paints/plasters, as an agricultural aide, cover for compost piles, or for other art projects. Just a good resource to have on site for many applications. Light colored high alumina natural clays are preferred for agricultural uses though am interested in any natural clay that is readily available.

Potting soil: Good potting soil is very welcome right now. Please no miracle grow or fox farm brand, even though they do say “organic”. My preferred commercial potting soil of choice is “Happy Frog” brand from Taos Hydroponic (may also be available elsewhere though don’t know). Also the components of potting soil are welcome. That is perlite, sand, peat moss (although is very unsustainable), coconut coir. In the future we’ll be able to move away from bought potting soil or components for potting soil, we’re just trying to jump start a slow seasonal start this year.

55 gallon metal drum: Well there is some talk about me giving workshops on making rocket mass heaters. These are super efficient wood stoves that can give the same amount of heating with only about one tenth of the wood used and are virtually smokeless. To do this I’ll need a couple 55 gallon metal drums. Not a huge rush and would prefer just a resource for them as it would be best for me to not have to store them on site for long periods of time. Thanks.

Bee Swarms: If you ever spot a swarm of bees by all means contact me as I would love to collect this pest problem from you. If you already keep bees and need to split a hive and care to share, I would love to be on the receiving end.

Flower Bulbs and Seeds: Well some people have mentioned the love Waldorf has for plenty of beauty and color, I knew you all were my kind of people :) Some flower bulbs would be helpful to get it all started I and our future bees thank you. Day Lilly, Gladiolas, Dahlias all welcome. Morning Glories, Mini Carnations, Holly Hocks, all great. Any information from you green thumbed folks is welcome. If you have other flower varieties you know about that would do well at the school please come talk to me.

Transplants: I’m hoping to bring as much biodiversity to the school as is possible. Many of you might have local herbs or perennials I don’t know about. I’m always interested in learning what you might know. Come flag me down whenever you are on site. If you are out shopping for your own garden and want to pick up an extra start or flower basket I know we can find an appropriate place here for it. Specifically looking for herb and perennial transplants, everything from oregano and tarragon, to sorrel, lovage, horseradish, walking onion, and jerusaleum artichokes, or anything else you might think of. If you have any currant, mulberry, goji, gooseberry bushes you would be willing to share, any cuttings from the branches can be sprouted if it is put in water. Simply cut, place in water, and bring it on by. I’ll take good care of it. Also raspberry, comfrey, and rhubarb transplants are especially welcome as we have plenty of clay soil for them to break up (something these plants do quite well). Black Locust trees also are handy as they fix nitrogen and can provide good shade for all these other transplants.