Our vegetables are grown organically by seed ordered from Renee’s Garden, a local business in Felton. Asparagus from the Plant Works and random varieties of veggies from Mountain Feed and Farm, in Ben Lomond, are planted from spring through late fall. We try new flower varieties to feed the bees, butterflies and hummingbirds and attract beneficial insects.
Pumpkins, gourds, horseradish, fennel, potatoes, peas, beans, squash, lettuce, tomatoes, zucchini, onions, and cucumber are yearly harvests. Planter beds are filled with composted horse manure, and hay is added as a layered mulch when the chicken coop
and goat barn are cleaned. The beds are not tilled with a rototiller, and we maintain a limited hands-on approach, preferring the French Intensive Technique. Egg shells and beer keep away slugs to some degree, and we have quail that love to take dust baths in the beds and nibble on the leafy starts.
By taking our time to make decisions, we’ve been able to re-think ideas, such as where to place a fence, walkway, bed, arbor, and trees. We can make adjustments to accommodate various recycled materials. We also try a seed variety once, and if the flower or vegetable cannot survive the weather or bugs, we will not plant it again. For example, sweet peas will not grow here, however, nasturtiums do really well. The best advice given to us is that a
fence should never be made permanent until you have lived in the space for a few years to figure out the flow.