The berry bushes, more like twigs, are in the ground! This is the start of our new blackberry patch. Lots more work to be done, put the patch is started. We currently have four varieties, five if you count what's in our personal yard garden. I was in hopes of finding larger plants. Just not available from my usual source this year. The few plants found were not the varieties we were looking for. More plants will be added later as we find them and are able to propagate from existing plants.
Sorry, I couldn't resist. Just wanted to share the moment with you... Within a few minutes all the new arrivals had moved underground and began to settle in at their new home. Bet they are glad all the movement and being tossed about over the past couple of days has finally come to a halt! Happy farming and God bless!
This is an exciting week on the farm! We are expecting several cool packages in the mail! The first has already arrived...an observation beehive! Can't wait to get this set up and buzzing with bees. I will be using it in a children's education program. The bee exhibit will be one of three presentations I'm making for a local library. This is an exciting opportunity to teach our future farmers about the importance of bees and sustainable living!
The next package to arrive will be full of worms! Yes, worms. Our composting worms are doing so well, it's time to start focusing on the larger fishing bait worms now. These will be left to settle and reproduce for the remainder of this year. So, hone up your fishing skills! The live bait will be ready next spring.
potatoes, that is....
Again, this is another gardening experiment for this year---planting potatoes in containers. Why so many experimental gardens you ask? There are a few reasons. The first being, have you ever heard the definition of insanity? It has been said insanity is when you keep trying the same thing and expecting different results. With that said, I am trying several new planting methods this year hoping for better and more consistent results. Though rabbits do not like eating potatoes, I do not like digging potatoes. After the plants have grown in these pots all summer, I should be able to just dump them out and easily harvest. Keep in touch and follow the progress this summer as the growing season continues.
Trying out hay bale gardening for the first time this year. You will see strawberries , planted after the conditioning of the bales. One reasons for trying this method is to try and prevent the wild rabbits running amuck in the yard from eating all my produce! Hoping the bales will be tall enough to prevent rabbits from reaching the plants.
After determining most of the plants nibbled on by the rabbits were going to survive, I decided to plant them in the hay bale garden as well. I had previously planted seeds of various greens in the bales, which failed to sprout. This failure left abundant room to transplant the nibbled on plants from the raised bed. It has been less than a week since the transplant. The new growth is unbelievable! You will notice some larger cabbage and brussels on the back row. There are plants purchased to replace what the little cotton tails had snacked on.
A Mattingly - Owner and operator of Our Little Barnyard. Can't believe it's been over twenty years since I started living the farm dream! What an amazing and challenging journey it has been!
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