Let’s Jump Into Spring!

March 28, 2014

Wow! Here it is Spring, Already!

We have had several days this week of unusually cool weather (Brrr 48-50 degrees) for East Central Florida.  But, who can complain after watching the never-ending winter in the North?

Raised Bed and Keyhole Gardens

Our raised bed gardens have survived the cool months in great shape. We are experimenting with a variation of “Keyhole” garden this year to keep the free-roaming chickens from decimating ALL at ground level. See the picture of the gardens taken earlier this week and come back for a future post outlining our construction methods and results.

Neem Tree Farm

Several months ago, we attended an open-house at the Neem Tree Farm in Brandon, Florida.  They carry a number of plants used in “Ayurveda” health systems. In addition to Neem trees, they have Gotu Kola, Bacopa Monnieri, Ashwagandha, Holy Basil, and Chaya. We will post much more on these unusual plants and their recommended uses in the next few weeks.

Worm Farming

The red wigglers made it through the cold in good shape. The worm bins and all of the marvelous benefits of using worm tea and worm castings were the “star of the show” when the local gardening club came by for a tour of the “Keyhole” gardening beds we are using. We later, shared information in their monthly newsletter on the importance of building your soil through composting. Of course, our goal was tostress the use of worm castings and worm tea.

As in all other aspects of life, the more you share of your time and talents, the more you will receive. With that in mind, we hope you will enjoy our sharing some of our ideas and experiences, both success and failure. The definition of a “Gardener” is “some successes and many failures.” So, let’s get DIRTY- it’s SPRING!

Lulu and Bob



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