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Creating A Soil With A High Humus Content
Creating A Soil With A High Humus Content

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An oasis in a swamp land part 2


And on this trip I was especially struck by the diligence of the owners of the site. But a lot of work on creating a soil with a high humus content on a swampy area was not wasted in vain. The yields are the highest, all vegetables look healthy and clean.

The range of plants is such that you can't even list everything: potatoes, peppers, garlic, cucumbers, tomatoes, beets, carrots, celery, separate beds for green and spicy crops.

The special pride of the Romanov family is watermelons and melons. They grow in them both in greenhouses and in the open field. The fruits are large, and so that they do not rot in our climate, which is not quite suitable for melons and gourds, Boris Petrovich puts each watermelon on shelves in a greenhouse or on planks in an open melon.

It turns out that the roots of watermelons and melons are in the ground, their shoots have spread over all the trellises, and the fruits rest on the shelves, like in a whatnot. I've never seen such a picture.

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In the article How to grow cucumbers in the open field, Boris Petrovich told how he makes a warm ridge (box) for cucumbers in the open field, and for melons he uses such boxes (a kind of warm garden bed) in a greenhouse. Two plants grow in one box, which yield up to 40 melons. He also forms them in his own way. But this is already a topic for a separate conversation.

I was also struck by the harvest of melons in the open field, where Boris Petrovich used a box-ridge after cucumbers. The entire area around the box is covered with shoots, leaves - a solid carpet. And wherever you put your hand under the leaves - everywhere you will stumble upon a ripening melon! This is a must see! We could not find the words to express our admiration for what we saw. And the tasting showed that the Romanovs' watermelons will give odds to the famous southern fruits.

Of course, we could not pass by such a wealth of knowledge and experience - in January of this year, we invited the Romanovs to another lesson at the Usadebka club. There were many listeners. We watched the disc filmed at the site of the Romanov family, and then we listened to Boris Petrovich's speech. He spoke about how he treats the soil: carefully, with an understanding of its condition and capabilities. He has a natural flair here. This is how it works on the ground. Without this philosophy and without such an approach to business, he would not have been able to get high yields of various crops, including southern, heat-loving ones.


I was amazed at the abundance of crops on the Romanovs' plot - vegetable, fruit and ornamental, which they grow. Here is a pharmaceutical garden, an abundance of flowers, and remontant raspberries, and vegetables familiar to our sites - potatoes, onions, including leeks, zucchini, pumpkins, garlic and others.

But most of all I was shocked by the abundance of melons and watermelons. They were placed by the Romanovs not only competently, but also with great invention. For example, Boris Petrovich placed the fruits of melons and watermelons on the shelves inside the gazebo, which is used for relaxation and tea drinking, and the roots and shoots of these plants are outside the gazebo.

Their tomatoes grow in a large, spacious greenhouse. The harvest of fruits is excellent, there are more of them than leaves.

Using a special technology, they grow cucumbers in the open field, due to which not a lot of labor is spent on harvesting.

Ornamental pumpkins not only give a large harvest, but also, put on special arches and trellises, decorate the site, especially when the fruits begin to ripen.

Over the years of gardening, the couple have developed their own approach to working with the land. The labor costs here are colossal, truly titanic, but in the swamp they created a layer of humus of 40-50 cm! A huge amount of organic matter - this is plant remains from the site, wood chips, manure, hay - for more than 27 years, this approach has made it possible to turn the swampy soil almost into black soil. Now on the site of the Romanovs, almost everything grows that can grow not only in the North-West zone, but also in more southern regions.

The crop yield is very high. It is primarily determined by the created man-made soil and, undoubtedly, by the skill of the owners. Boris Petrovich, when growing greenhouse tomatoes, watermelons, melons, uses his own methods of formation, which are somewhat different from the generally accepted ones.

And this is true, because when a large amount of organic matter is used, the nutrition of the plant changes, and, therefore, a greater load on it can be given. It allows tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, and watermelons to grow a large leaf apparatus that is able to feed a huge amount of fruits.

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The hostess is especially proud of her decorative cultures. I was amazed at the number of annuals that Galina Prokopyevna grows annually. Many flowers are not only a little widespread here, but simply garden exotic. Moreover, all plants are well-groomed, bloom profusely.

There is also an orchard on the plot. At the time when we were visiting the Romanovs (in early August) pear and remontant raspberries were bearing fruit. The hostess is just looking at this culture. And I am sure that with such diligence this raspberry will give an excellent harvest.

The land, on which the Romanovs have been working for more than two decades, is located on a plot that was once given for vegetable gardens. And now the prospects here are very vague, at any time the city can take these lands for its needs. In one of the magazine articles, a proposal was made to create a training center on the basis of this site, where novice gardeners, farmers could see the results of real work on the land: how in a swamp it is possible to stably grow not only vegetables we are used to, but also southern fruits, even watermelons, melons and grapes, could get advice and advice, exchange experiences. It will be very disappointing if such an idea does not find support.

Our tour of the site ended with tea in the gazebo and tasting of tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers grown by the Romanov spouses. We also tried Kolpinsky watermelon. It was fully ripe, juicy and sweet. And this is at the beginning of August!

We returned home with new knowledge, with good emotions from communicating with the owners. Low bows to these wonderful workers from the members of our club. I would like the experience and knowledge of these people to be in demand. Many physically cannot do this titanic work, but their advice and recommendations will help many gardeners to get excellent yields.


I was amazed on this trip by the height of tomato formation and the harvest that the Romanov family gets from them. I noticed: the leaves of the tomatoes are completely clean, large, it is clear that the nutrition of the plants is balanced.

The sight of watermelons and melons seemed to me absolutely fabulous on the site near Kolpino - large, beautiful, diverse in shape and color. There were many of them, as in the southern melons. Where else near St. Petersburg can you see this?

And, of course, the hard work of these people is striking, who managed to create a real oasis in a swampy place, grow a wonderful garden and form a fertile vegetable garden.

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