It's been so busy around the farm recently! A lot of time has been devoted to setting up this year's paddocks for the hogs and building new chicken tractors for our expanding flock of free range, grass fed chickens. However, we've worked in a bit of time to experiement with growing produce.
Gardening has always been an enjoyable past time for us, but this year we're taking our produce a bit more seriously. We have a nice assortment of lettuces, peas, kales and other brassicas. The squashes and other warm season vines are starting to pop up, including countless volunteer plants all over the property. I had hopes of planting a number of other crops, including quinoa and sweet corn, but I'm getting the feeling that time's not going to allow me to prepare another garden plot this spring.
Last year we allowed the garden to grow without any supplimental fertilizer. We wanted to see what our soil could produce on its own. We found that some low nutrient crops flourished, but many of our crops needed some additional nutrients. This winter, we allowed our laying flock to clean up our garden plot and add quite a bit of manure to the soil. We moved them out of the garden in February and added a fertilizer that is heavy in trace minerals and plenty of Azomite. As you can see from the photo, this year's crop is doing quite well. I believe we have some additional work to do to fine tune our soil's nutrient content, but we're much better off than we were last year!
The garden has been a nice way to relax after a long day of work. If you have a garden at home, I really hope you're enjoying it as much as we are enjoying ours. And if you're into exchanging heirloom seeds, drop us a note, we'd love to share our seeds and try a new variety of whatever you may be growing!