Friday, June 05, 2009
I visited a farm less than three miles from here yesterday and came away a few bucks lighter but with a growbox, a worm composter that makes lovely compost (especially worm tea -- a super nutritious liquid to feed the growboxes) and a wealth of information. What a bargain! I met my organic vegetable garden guru, I believe; her name is Suzanne of the Funky Chicken Farm.
Michael and I have talked of a vegetable garden here ever since we bought this place. For a long time it was delayed by all the house remodeling. But the last of that -- new windows -- went in last September just after we installed the new well and irrigation system (man... what a mother that was with all the tree roots here... which is another reason for raised beds).
Yet still all the how's and wherefore's of the garden were not exactly working out. Florida has challenging growing conditions, believe it or not. We have either too much rain or not enough and poor soil for how sandy it can be and how the heat evaporates good stuff out of it. Michael and I are slightly advantaged living in a hammock here (hammocks are a bit more fertile since they are believed to be old swamps that rose and drained) but then there are nematodes in abundance as a trade off for all that fertility.
We knew we wanted raised beds to help enhance control but still we were concerned about where to put them and the choices are somewhat limited given how not into cutting down trees we are. These growboxes end all concerns about nematodes and they can be easily moved. Now we're cooking!
Plans are full speed ahead for manufacturing eleven more growboxes and maybe another worm composter. We will be planting a dirty dozen *groans at her own corniness here* come fall. The recycler in me is just grinning ear to ear. We grow the food that makes the scraps that feeds the worms who make the compost/tea that nourishes the food we grow!
Pictures will eventually be forthcoming so stay tuned ...