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Funky Chicken Farm

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 ...

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AAQUWAA 6/10/2009 5:56PM

    Catching up, reading your blogs. Love them all. You make me want to play in the dirt. I used to have 2 commercial greenhouses and a small nursery. I miss it so much. Hard to compete with the big boys. We grew a lot of herbs, medicinal and culinary, and a lot of heirlooms, and just a lot of cool stuff. Worms and compost are a good thing. Hugs, Carmen

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BEACHINN 6/5/2009 11:40AM

    The big fight in my family was always Red Wigglers vs Night Crawlers where both fishing and worm boxes were concerned, so we had a box where we grew the little red guys and another box where we fed Night Crawlers. My grandparents were organic gardeners long before it got really popular. I think they were had charter subscriptions to both Organic Gardening and Prevention magazine.

So..which side ya gonna pick? In reality both will grow in the same box and be perfectly happy.


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FLOWINGWATER 6/5/2009 10:08AM

    Oh, goody, goody! A worm box!! emoticon I've always wanted a worm box! Can I play?! Hee hee. emoticon You'll have to tell me how it goes feeding the lil wormies.

How exciting that you're actively participating in the natural cycle. It's going to be so rewarding eating those veggies! Nummmm.....

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    Good luck with your garden. When we were younger, my dad had a 3 acre farm. He rented out the house but we farmed the garden by hand. No tractors etc. I hated going out there and pulling all those weeds by hand. One time a garden snake crawled across my feet. I just stood there rooted to the ground and watched it. I hate snakes LOL. He also grew popcorn one year and we had to twist the cobs with our hands to get the kernels off. It is not a good memory LOL. I am sure your garden won't be 3 acres and will be a lot easier to handle. I can remember sore knees from getting down to weed and pick, and sneezing. I had an allergy to weeds. Funny what a blog entry brings out LOL. Have a great day. Pam

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VALERIEMAHA 6/5/2009 9:20AM

    Ahhhh...the circle of life -- "We grow the food that makes the scraps that feeds the worms who make the compost/tea that nourishes the food we grow!" Or, as Thich Nhat Hanh is fond of saying, "Without the garbage there can be no roses."

Blessed be!

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IM_GETTIN_THIN 6/5/2009 9:15AM

    sounds like you'll be busy and active.
i gotta go and weed out my front garden (i have some lovely flowering perrenials growing in there now) after the rain ever stops here in new york!

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