Category Archives: Farm Posts

The Soil Sifter

Two visitors to the Farm noticed a Farmer struggling while trying to sift her soil.  They stopped to chat with her and suggested using a solid framed sifter as this had worked for them.  When the Farmer said that she would have to build one for herself, the two visitors smiled, bid her good day …then went to the store…purchased supplies…and started working.  The next day, they returned to the Farm and presented that lucky Farmer with a gift – a wooden sifter!  Such kindness extraordinaire!  These two visitors remain anonymous but what they have left behind does have a name … compassion.  This little tale is a much needed re-boot for the rest of us on how deep human kindness can flow.  That Farmer was lucky to receive their gift … and the world is lucky these nameless visitors are two of its citizens!  (4/11/2011)

Squash Attacked!

Squash Attacked!

The leaves of one Farmer’s summer squash was being eaten by something not visible and the blossoms were shriveling up and dying. So, she dutifully tried an anti-squash vine-borer concoction … which did not work fast enough. Alas – all her squash plants fell prey to the invisible foe and had to be pulled to keep the rest of her plants safe. One Farmer suggested a new tip: a new way of growing summer squash is to put the plants in cages like those used for tomatoes. Growing the plants vertically rather than sprawled on the ground apparently keeps the bugs away. Give it a try and let us know if you have the same results! Anything to save the squash! (5/6/2011)

Supper At The Farm

Supper at The Farm

The May 15th “Supper at The Farm” is getting closer! Farmers were heard going on today about the great food Cha Bella Restaurant always supplies… much thanks to Chef Matt and his staff! Tickets are on sale…. everyday …at the Landings Real Estate Office on Bartram Road. Don’t miss out on your first Harvest Celebration! It’ll be so nice to eat while strolling amongst the vegetables and fruit … a perfect end to a Farmer’s day! (4/12/2011)

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 Education@skidawayfarms.net 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)

 

Broccoli

Broccoli
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

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)