Learning and Growing

Growing food is a daily learning curve for this backyard farmer.  I am so grateful for all the people who post and share their own experiences as well as answering questions.  Facebook pages like, Urban Homestead,  Port Elizabeth Urban Agriculture and  Nature’s Way  are a valuable resource for information.

A lovely gift was from friends from our church who gave us a bucket of their red wrigglers to supplement those we bought.  We now have a happy bunch of wriggly worms chomping their way through our kitchen waste.  Thank you Mike and Glyn.

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The first batch of seedlings was ready for planting this weekend.  I was able to plant out some tomatoes, broccoli, Swiss chard, beans and carrots.  Space in my patch is limited so I have resorted to using cheap bags from the hardware store to plant squash, turnips and some more carrots.

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The water in our first tank is getting low now but we still have a full 5000 litre tank at the front of the house.  What a relief to have a source of rainwater.  My biggest concern is pests.  I still see the occasional cut worm and the cucumber vine has some wilting leaves which could be ominous.  The cucumbers are looking good and should be ready to start harvesting within 2 weeks.

Growing food is so good for the soul.  It keeps one out in the fresh air, active and absorbed in the cycle of nature.  It’s definitely worth the trouble.



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