Wednesday, May 14, 2014

SHAPE Eco Farm Garden May


It is amazing to watch plants grow. In a months time they can literally take off like plants on steroids. It amazes me how seeds can become a large bushy or tall leggy plant complete with fruit, vegetables, or other appetizing things. The photo above was taken today on May 14. The photo directly below was taken on May 5. It that short span of time look how much bigger the plants are plus I added a bunch of plants! My banana peppers, tomatoes, and zucchini all have flowers. I’m also growing eggplant, collards, lettuce, cucumbers, squash, cabbage, swiss chard, and beans in the fenced in garden. I wouldn’t be surprised if I left out something since I have so many plants! I also have a host of flowers, sunflowers, and herbs. I’ve already almost filled up all the space! It takes a dedication of about an hour each day to water the vegetable garden, kitchen garden, and flower garden. I believe it will be worth it. I’ve already had about 3 salads and leaves for our wraps. I harvested collard greens yesterday.


About two weeks earlier.


This portion of one of my rows was planted by a friend of mine whose husband attends Southeastern Seminary. I’m thrilled she is participating in my garden work.


We transported and moved by hand more than half of our compost pile.


For the kitchen garden, we used PVC pipes with plastic screening on the 4’ x 8’ box and chicken wire on the 4’ x 4’ box.



Before the ticks started to multiply, I made several trips to the back of our property to gather pine needles to use as mulching.


Butterfly season is beginning here in North Carolina. This Black Swallowtail I released April 20th after it had stayed in the chrysalis all winter long. I hope there will be many more. You can purchase the book I wrote on butterflies as you prepare your own garden and want to learn more about butterfly life cycles and how to raise them.

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