It has begun! I have started to harvest quite a bit these days. So far I’ve pulled in about 30 squash and 5 lbs of potatoes. It has been a great start to the spring. Everything in the yard is growing at a steady pace leaving me to believe this year is going to be a fantastic yielding season!
The sun is shining and it is a great time to be planting! I am really excited about my harvest this year. Having spent the last three years learning about pest & disease management is proving very rewarding. The only plants that fell victim to nature this year were my carrots. I directly sew the seeds and didn’t use any slug protection during their fragile seedling lives. In only one night the slugs killed over 100 carrot starts which destroyed my entire carrot crop. I repopulated their space with golden beets, which I love, and I’ll have to plant carrots in a different location.
This week I planted Golden Beets, White Sweet Spanish Onions, Roma Tomatoes, Golden Summer Squash, Burpless Cucumbers, Black Beauty Zucchini and I transplanted some volunteer Squash and Tomatoes from my compost into the ground just to give them a chance.
A collection of photos I’ve taken as I’ve progressed this year:
It is a great year to be planting! The fruit trees are flowering as expected, the wild flowers are blooming and continue to display vigorous growth. The wind is mild and the sun is strong. Last year the seasons seemed a bit off. The sun wasn’t here as often as my plants needed it to be, the fruit trees and veggies I had planted flowered early because of a two week long heat-wave followed by a huge storm that destroyed all of their new growth. I hope this year the weather remains calm and sunny.
Trying to save money and gain a wider range of knowledge I decided to start my plants by seed rather than buying starts from the garden store. I did a lot of experimental planting methods and came back with a really good idea of what I should do, and should not do. Some of my seeds started in unorthodox manners are flourishing and will yield heavily. Other seeds started by following the guidelines printed on the seed package didn’t perform. They either died off early in their life, were subject to my ban-hammer, or didn’t pop-up at all.
I started 80-120 seeds in each test. Many varieties.
|Location||Medium||Water||Light Cycle||Survival Rate %||Veg time needed|
|Outside||Peat Moss||Tap Water||13h light 11h dark||85%||12 weeks|
|Inside||Peat Moss||Filtered Water||24h Light||95%||8 weeks|
|Outside||Potting Soil||Tap Water||13h light 11h dark||60%||12 weeks|
|Inside||Potting Soil||Filtered Water||24h Light||85%||8 weeks|
|Outside||Peat Moss||Light Nutrient Water||13h light 11h dark||90%||12 weeks|
|Inside||Peat Moss||Light Nutrient Water||24h Light||99%||8 weeks|
In conclusion, starting seeds in Peat moss indoors with a light nutrient solution under 24hour light seemed to work best for me. I tried to start tomatoes, squash, flowers, beans, peas, greens and root vegetables. Each type of plant had a favorite way to be started, transplanted and transitioned to live outside. Far too much information for you to want to read so I’ll keep that to myself. Now I want to run more tests with aeroponic cloning!
This is about chickens. I love eating chickens, cooking their eggs, using their poop for my garden, and watching them walk around looking all silly. I know it sounds a bit harsh, but everything in our universe must consume to survive and it just so happens chickens are a delicious and healthy way to do so. Anyways, this is a great article about the expectations of a farmer and what having a free range and sustainable farm is like. In this article they talk about how they built their chickens 20 x 20 greenhouses to live inside of. A small chicken paradise in my opinion. No raccoons to worry about, no wolves or freezing feet. I want to build a chicken house now.