spring, at last
Finally we’ve been able to move our young rabbits, broiler chickens and meat ducks outdoors to their pastures, and the gardening has begun in a flurry/hurry. The “Field Garden” on the Southeastern side of our land dried out first, and Andrew got the beds prepared. We’ve got radishes, lettuces, arugula and spinach in, as well as all of our stout, homegrown onion plants and 200 lbs of organic seed potatoes. The potatoes are cut into chunks to maximize the sprouting eyes, so that hopefully we’ll have many more plants growing lots more potatoes. We’re hoping for a LOT of both delicious roots for our CSA members and our own supply. There is nothing like hashbrowns made from organic, fresh and local potatoes! We’re trying companion planting flowers and herbs between the potato rows to help deter and confuse potato beetles. Imagine Bachelor Buttons, Cosmos, Dill, Asters and Sweet Williams and Pinks blooming amongst the potato plants- Lovely!
The soil in our main garden space near the ducks’ area was still a bit too wet to work until 2 days ago, and now it’s all set up. We’ve been seeding sugar snap peas, green beans, scallions, beets, carrots, more “spring” greens, as well as transplanting baby kale, chard, lettuce, strawberries and cabbage. Soon the tomatoes, peppers, tomatillos, eggplants, etc will go in. We can only get so much done each day, and playing catch up for over a month’s worth of gardening work is rather daunting. Our total gardening area is now nearly 2 acres in size, and we feel rich, as well as ready for all the work to help our plants flourish. The forecast for the next few days is full of potential thunderstorms and rain, so we’ll finally get some time to get the dishes done and housework caught up while our seeds plump with moisture and sprout in the next week.
We’re practicing “Mob-Grazing” with our ducks this year, where they have a nice new paddock full of fresh grass and weeds every 2 days. The absolutely LOVE it and their egg yolks show this burst of nutrients- gorgeous Orange & super thick. Free-range Duck eggs are our favorite food of all time, this is why they are our specialty at LTD Farm!