I’m growing the same variety of cabbage I grew last season because it did really well in the field, it formed pretty consistent heads and it tasted awesome. Caraflex is a hybrid variety with good disease resistance and forms a rather small . . . → Read More: Transplanting Cabbage
After just a couple of days the flooding subsided. The impact of such hard rain on . . . → Read More: Field Update After the Flood
Although the summer is still in full swing, in the garden we are beginning to think about Fall. Usually September is when we officially begin the season, but in reality, there are many chores to prepare for the first of September. One of the big things that kicks off the growing season is our . . . → Read More: Screening Compost and Cutting Down Cover Crops
I planted my cover crops just in time to take advantage of the copious rain this May. Without using any irrigation, both the Sunn Hemp and Buckwheat are bright and huge. There will be enough time this summer for multiple cover crop rotations, which is great because my sandy soil can use all the . . . → Read More: Rainy May
Blades of a brush attachment for a weed eater.
So far, the only gas powered tool I’ve needed to use in the garden is a weed eater, given to me by my dad. The task of cutting down a few hundred square feet of Sunn Hemp was daunting me until a friend recommended . . . → Read More: Power Tool
The first day of Fall is the day of the year when the sun crosses the celestial equator moving southward, known as the Autumnal Equinox. This year, that is day is today!
As most of you may know, Fall marks the beginning of the vegetable growing season in sunny South Florida and we . . . → Read More: Fall Planting
Day in, day out we spend the mornings with a hoe, shovel or pitch fork in hand. We are building beds and mulching paths, planting cover crops seeds and weeding. Little by little the summer is passing by and the farm is growing into an organized maze for growing vegetables in the Fall.
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Sunchoke flowers in the foreground, Buckwheat in the middle and Sunnhemp in the background.
Summer in South Florida is not just about fruit, it’s about cover crops. I learned the benefits of cover cropping early on in my agricultural education, but it wasn’t until I was working my own soil that I REALLY . . . → Read More: Cover Cropping, Summer 2011
There is nothing like before and after pictures to show progress on a project!
After using a bobcat to move soil into the garden, we shaped the planting beds and muched the paths.
The next step was to sow the cover crops seeds…. in this case Buckwheat.
Regular watering has been . . . → Read More: Before and After Pictures in May, 2011
The first beds to be planted with Sunhemp have grown to about 9 or 10 feet and are starting to bloom.
Now is the perfect time to cut them down for mulch.
Sunhemp blossoms, which attract bees, are very delicious in salads!
This is a good example of the nitrogen fixing . . . → Read More: Sunhemp Cover Crop