Peas and Carrots

Today we are continuing with our fall preparations and still working the kinks out of the chicken tractor.

The micro greens are coming along and we have set them outside so that they can receive sunlight. Micro green seeds are surface sown allowing ease in checking and removing contamination. For the first three days of growth it is important to keep the seeds weighed down and in the dark to mimic the seeds being sown in the soil. As the seeds are visible it is easy to see that most of the seeds have popped and now the sun can green and grow them.

Most of our garden is being planted with companion planting in mind. We planted sweet peas and carrots together. Peas like to have a cool root system and carrots help shade soil thus keeping the temperature ideal for the peas.

In our pantry we had a sweet potato that was allowed to sprout. We cut it into chunks so that we can get several plants growing out of this one sweet potato.

With all the new seedlings it is important to keep everything moist for good germination. The forecast has changed and it is now less likely that we will be receiving rain tomorrow. So watering is important so those seeds can get started and our efforts don’t go wasted.

We are being overrun with fire ants as they are trying to take over most everything. Organic measures will be taken to control them. They truly are a pain when trying to plant seeds and rearrange garden beds. I’ve been bit/stung many times today, it’s a very unpleasant experience to look down to see a swarm of ants attacking you. I didn’t like fire ants much before, but now with a sting and an itch to remind me, I really don’t like them.

The chicken tractor now has a make shift nesting box, and a perch. We found that our design is a little large and difficult to maneuver for our yard. Also with uneven ground the mobility is currently extremely poor. We will have to adjust the mechanism that moves the wheels under the tractor so it will get the structure off the ground and give more room for the wheels to roll. Rose, our hen, seems to enjoy her home just fine.

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Every problem can be solved with effort and a positive attitude. Watching things grow is inspiring us to grow ourselves.

Micro Greens

We are enjoying this perfect gardening weather. The time to plant for fall harvest is now. The chicken tractor is now functional but we are still adding features to it. We hope to have a crop of micro greens available at the market on September 1st.

It is the time to transplant and to seed the fall crop. We moved Radishes, tomatoes, tomatillos, oregano, carrots, and basil into our raised keyhole hugelkultur bed as well as planted arugula, red butterhead lettuce, and basil seeds.

The chicken tractor is almost complete. All she needs is some paint on the hutch to be more resistant to weathering, a few perches, some nesting boxes in the hutch, and we will finish attaching the wheels to have her moving this afternoon.

Micro greens are a crop that are very similar to sprouts, but they are a few days older. We hope to have our first harvest of micro greens ready for the market on Saturday, September 1st. The selection of seeds we are growing contain; mizuna (a Japanese mustard green), cabbage, kale and kohlrabi (a mild cabbage).‚Äč This is a mild mix that will be good on sandwiches, in salads, as garnish, or a raw snack.

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Please enjoy the rest of the day!

Breezy Cool Community Market Day

This morning was lovely to see everyone out at the market on Mulberry and Carrol.

We had several White Japanese Eggplants, a few pounds of okra, and a mixed variety of peppers we sold.

I plan now to inform on what produce we have available at each market. Thank you Sandra for making that great suggestion this morning.

We have been working on a chicken tractor out of recycled materials so that we may have garden fresh eggs, an onsite fertilizer, bug control, and soil aerator. Chickens are excellent coworkers and welcomed company in a garden.

Bless this rain. It is setting the stage for a very fruitful fall season.

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