Duckling & Garden Update

We’ve had a few nights of 30º F weather here in North Central Florida but even with a light frost on the ground my cool weather lovin’ crops still look gorgeous!  I get so excited to grow such a pretty little organic garden.  If you’ve been following my blog for a while you know that we are newbies to this farm life and that this is only my second Fall/Winter gardening season. So far, so good!

Jonathan’s kale harvest for chips!

Surprisingly enough it hasn’t been as much work as I anticipated. I’m sure it’s a combination of at least a few things:

-Good soil! We planted buckwheat as a cover crop late this summer to add some more organic matter to the soil before we planted the fall garden. We are blessed to have purchased this property in what many locals consider the best soil around these parts. Jackpot!

– Mulch! We mulched all rows with local Bahia hay to keep the weeds down and help hold moisture in the ground. So far it works great! I haven’t had problems with weeds from the hay sprouting up either and I only have to weed every 2-3 weeks. YAY!

– Compost and fish emulsion! This is all I use to fertilize my plants… and as you can see from the picture above the leafy greens L-O-V-E the nitrogen in the fish emulsion. 

I filmed a short video this past weekend to show you how big the ducklings are now and a quick walk around the veggie garden. Hope you enjoy!

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2 Responses to Duckling & Garden Update

  1. ga447 November 28, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

    Kudos to you, your garden is wonderful. A school in East Elmhurst, NY is going to do a garden this year. These are city kids, they will be in for a treat.

  2. JustPam November 29, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

    Your little helper is adorable. I hope he continues to enjoy gardening!

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