Category Archives: Farm Posts

Tips From Those In The Know!

Walk around the Farm and you can see some amazing plots …glowing veggies…no weeds…well pruned plants… perfect furrows and trellises. The work of very experienced hands is on display in these plots! The Farm counts several Master Gardeners and many more Gardeners-Extraordinaire with years of know-how on our roster. We are lucky to be able to watch them work and now several are willing to volunteer their time to help Farmer-wannabees get their plots in order. If you have a friend who wants to join the Farm but hesitates because they have no experience, then Skidaway Farms can remedy that! Send an email to and we’ll get going on it! (4/18/2011)

Coffee Ground Fertilizer

The talk at one plot today was about coffee grounds today… and how earthworms love them! And anything that makes earthworms happy makes for happier soil. You can add grounds directly to the soil… scratch it into the top couple inches or just sprinkle the grounds on top and leave it alone. Mother Nature takes over … things start to decompose … and your plants start to notice! One Farmer makes coffee ground “tea”. Add two cups of used coffee grounds to a five-gallon bucket of water…. lets it steep for a few hours or overnight… it makes great liquid fertilizer for garden and container plants! (3/12/11)



The Broccoli harvest has begun! Some of the heads are fully six inches across! One Farmer suggests cutting the center head before it gets much bigger … then additional heads will grow yielding a “second crop”. Broccoli and béarnaise sauce… yummy! And the greens are a tasty side dish as well… a little olive oil and a quick stir-fry made one Farmer claim they are better than spinach! (4/10/11)

Heavy Rain

Those HEAVY rains got some Farmers wondering how to keep their plants from getting root rot beneath their weed fabric. So much water … some say close to 5 inches or rain over 3 days … and not enough sun had the soil saturated … and with the fabric keeping the soil from drying out, one Farmer was dealing with his plants crying for relief from their wet feet! Giving the plants a bit more room at their base from the fabric may be the answer … just in case the Farm gets another deluge. (4/2/11)


Earthworms were the topic this morning at the Farm. As good as our soil may be, it will only get better with worms working it 24-7. One organic farmer has bought earthworm eggs…. Amazing! Put ‘em in the ground like you would a seed… and soon the little critters will hatch and do their thing. They drill tunnels that break up hardpan and help soak up a drenching rainfall. Each worm generates its weight in castings in a 24 hour period – good for balancing the ph in your soil. And, supposedly, earthworms can churn out 15 tons of worm castings per acre in one year! That outta help! (3/19/11)

Grass Clippings

A couple of Farmers have begun to trim the rye grass growing next to their plots. It makes great mulch and it’s there for the picking!  The advice is to spread it thinly – it will decompose and help loosen the soil for drainage.  And we could all use a little more nitrogen in our plots! (3/16/11)

Green Glow

Our walkways are turning a gorgeous green on St. Patrick’s Day. Nothing like some good winter rye grass to put a glistening green glow on a morning at the Farm! Once the rye grass starts to fade to brown, the clover seed already planted under it will begin to germinate. Nice planning by Valley Crest to keep our walkways looking good. (3/17/11)

Ms. Gerianna

We have some mighty fine plot-art and sculptures at the Farm. But special kudos must go to our first “scarecrow” – her name is Gerianna – the white hair gives away the source of her name (geriatric!). After she went up, the proud owners tipped a glass to her and then paid homage to the powers that be that Ms. Gerianna will really keep those nasty black crows away. One Farmer swears these crows are perched in the trees laughing amongst themselves as we humans toil away cultivating a “pantry full of crow food”.  Please, Ms. Gerianna, Please …. Please …. Please do your thing for all of us! (3/14/11)