The Mommyland Farm (Volume 11)

8 May

Last time I told you about one the new things we’re doing on the farm this year with the composting.

What else is going on at The Farm?

First we’ve expanded the entire thing to about double what it was last year. Instead of the raised mounds we had, Bill has built us some great boxes to plant our crops in, there’s eight of them. We’ll go into what we’re planting later. Next we’ve built a much sturdier fence. Last year it was just a few posts with the deer netting stapled to them. This year we have a beautiful split rail fence that really makes the backyard look amazing. We’re still using the deer netting on the fence since those guys are serious about eating my plants.

What are we growing?

Tomatoes already have flowers

Last year we grew peas, cucumbers, eggplant and better boy tomatoes. Since we had so much success with that, we’ve added cherry tomatoes, three different types of peppers, carrots and potatoes to our list of crops.

Peas Please

This year we also have a table that was built using leftover pieces of the fence to put potted plants on. We have chives, parsley, basil, cilantro and a strawberry plant on our table.

Pest control:

We have the deer fence to keep the animals out of the garden. Along the bottom of the fence we added wood boards to keep creatures from going under the fence. What are we doing to protect our crops from the things that the fence can’t keep out?

Organic pesticide? We’ll see about that.

We’ve got Ladybugs. I have to say that I had no clue about any of this and I am extremely skeptical of the whole idea. So evidently by releasing the ladybugs in the garden (at night so they don’t just fly away) they will eat all the bad bugs and leave the plants alone. I’ll let you know how the whole ladybug thing turns out later.

Anyone have any experience with the ladybugs in the garden? I never even knew you could buy a box of bugs to set free in the garden.

The Mommyland Farm is complete, all we need now are some tasty veggies! Stay tuned for more from the farm.

 

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2 comments
Mel
Mel

I so want to grow a garden someday. I think I need a bit more practice keeping some green stuff alive though! Who knew you could buy ladybugs like that? Can't wait to hear how it works for you.

Mychal B.
Mychal B.

I have a hard time keeping anything alive. I call it my black thumb of death. Thankfully my husband is there to make sure things stay alive.