- Five raised beds with automatic waterers set to go off three times a day.
- Three self-watering boxes, “Earthbox” style, that I made myself
- Worm composter
- All compostable scraps put into the current “fallow” bed for the chickens to process.
Raised bed and self-waterer contents:
- All have a mixture of composted horse manure and peat moss, along with composted kitchen scraps processed by the chickens, as well as rabbit manure mixed in at every crop change. This is some “purty dirt“! All are mulched with hay.
- Bed 1 (fenced): onions, scallions, leeks, garlic, cilantro, rosemary, peppers, swiss chard
- Bed 2 (fenced): peppers, volunteer tomatoes (LOTS!), volunteer sweet potatoes. This was my last composting bed, and it has the best soil right now.
- Bed 3 (fenced): mixed salad greens, peppermint, swiss chard, cabbage, watermelon radishes, tomotoes
- Bed 4 (fenced): tomatoes, jicama, volunteer papaya tree
- Bed 5: My current compost drop. Does have a tomato plant that is currently producing.
- Self-waterer 1: Cayenne pepper plant. This was until recently, my cayenne pepper factory. I’ve culled the scraggly plants out, and am working on restarting it.
- Self-waterer 2: Two volunteer tomato plants form Bed #2
- Self-waterer 3: Mexican oregano and a pepper plant. The oregano has taken over the planter. If you need some oregano, just ask, it grows easily from cuttings.
28 Mar 12 Planted mammoth sunflowers in Beds 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 to provide shade over the summer months.
29 Mar 12 Planted amaranth in beds 1,2,3,4,5 and SW 1, 2, & 3. I just scattered the seed from a bulk seed bag, we’ll see how it goes.
31 Mar 12 Started two moringa seeds today. High hopes for these plants. Currently in the kitchen window in composted rabbit manure/worm castings
1 Apr 12 Picked a purslane plant up while at Green Deane’s foraging class to try to get it to grow in my yard.
03 Apr 12 Found another purslane plant, the first one didn’t make it, this one is looking good.
04 Apr 12 Chickens got into bed #1, decimated it. One leek standing, and the rosemary are all that wasn’t touched. Will let MN see who recovers and who doesn’t. Also planted some small-stalk clumping bamboo (donated from RidgeRunner’s yard) in front of rabbitry along northern fence line.
10 Apr 12 Staked tomatoes. I REALLY need to harvest some, there are enough for at least another quart of tomolives. Also, I have more tomato plants in Bed #2 that is good for it. If anyone wants some tomato plants, just ask!
11 Apr 12 Killed more lubbers in the back yard. I really dislike those things!
12 Apr 12 Picked a quart of green tomatoes, planted 55 moringa seeds throughout the yard.
29 Apr 12 Cleared Bed #1 of weeds and anything not producing. Planted 8 hot banana peppers, as well as sowing some onion and cilantro seeds. Mulched with hay.
03 May 12 The tomatoes in Bed #2 have completely taken over. I’ve been staking them up as the y grow, and it looks like we are going to have Campari, plum, and yes, more cherry tomatoes. I’ve also found basil, sunberry, as well as an avocado all as volunteers in that bed. I have 3 moringa seedlings growing well.
7 May 12 Found some tobacco cutworms on my tomato plants.
13 June 12 Leaf-legged bugs are back, though not too bad just yet. Had two moringa seedlings make it to get transplanted into the front yard (no one would know they are edible, stealth gardening!). Malabar spinach is growing about 6 inches a day, and is a favorite on the table. Tomatoes are producing faster than we can put them up or eat them. I have three sugarcane plant established. Papayas are doing well, and we are getting about 1 a week now, more than we’ll eat ourselves, so have been handing them off to friends. Have established some chayote and jicama, neither very popular in our house, but seem to do well here, so I’m trying it.