1) The house consists of both, front of the house and back of the house. The front of the house provides fruits and vegetables for the community.
2) maize developed from teocintle. It requires space to grow and it is best pollinated when planted in rows. We planted a few varieties of corn from New Mexico and the high Andes. The Andean variety produced a large amount of biomas, where some grew to be four and a half meters in height. Caution, plants grows fast and wind can brirng them down. The Navajo variety adapted to wind and dry conditions.
3) We planted tomatoes and obtained high yields per plant with low and zero water usage and increased sugar on the brix sclale.
4) Every year for the past 7 years, Prof. Altieri and I performed different experiments in urban gardens ranging from cover cropping, grafting potatoes with tomatoes, tomato yields, water stress, compost, compost tea, etc.
5) Our garden resembles an orchard which contains 83 different edible plants, some exotic as lulo, uchuva,churimoya, tamarillo, granadilla etc. All these plants seem to do well in Berkeley climate, with normal yields and tolerance to Berkeley winters . Caution, lulos require a large amount of water. Some lulos are 5 years old.
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