Cantaloupe...watermelon...berries...squash.......peppers.....I know this doesn’t excite you guys as much as me but it’s so cool to see your work paying off...anyone that has never grown their own food I couldn’t recommend it more...especially if you have a young child...Jax absolutely loves to help and watch it all grow...he’s just as obsessed as me!! #growyourgroceries
TIP: do you have a #zamioculcas plant? if you’re having a hard time keeping plants alive—try getting a #zamioculcaszamiifolia 🌱! here i have it’s sibling in raven form—a #zzraven or #zamioculcasraven. they’re very easy plants and tolerate a lot of environments, just make sure not to over water of course (you see the size of its rhizome?! it stores water in there 😮!). ————— here are the key points for what i did: . . - i put a *used* dryer sheet at the bottom of the pot to catch any soil that may fall out the bottom for when i water the plant. i want to note that i stretch the sheet out to make it more porous. you can also poke holes in it too! - i mixed in horticulture charcoal to my soil for extra aeration. - i used a smaller pot since this guy was really long—i also heard these guys like to be a little pot bound but there are varying opinions on that. either way i’ve killed a few plants by repotting too big so...i decided to go the safe route. . . that’s it folks, zz plants are super cool 😎!
Spring has sprung and my work has begun. Gardening is such a process. I have a massive garden and it is overwhelming but when I dive in and focus on the work at hand there is no better tending then what presents before me. It’s hard with a perfectionist mind to want ALL my plants to do well, but not all do. I’ve been softening my focus to see who is thriving. It also amazes me to see the new plants that arise and even new nesting bunnies. They have since moved out. It’s hard to wait for this in Michigan but when spring comes I am grateful for this season, even though it is a pretty rough transition.
I’ve recently been involved with the local @farmerincubator learning how to market garden garlic. . . Such a great experience working out of some land in Keilor MELBOURNE. . . Down by the river with a group of 6 brilliant people. . Garlic as a crop is amazing. Planted on ANZAC day it won’t be ready to harvest until Nov’ Dec’. At least 7 month. . Gives me a great appreciation for the cost of garlic from a Farmers market. . . These photos are from a project I did for Brimbank City Council. . . The project was a 16 page booklet created as a legacy to the generations of Keilor Market gardeners who fed Melburnians like me before Supermarkets pushed them out. . . Here’s to the young farmers that are brave enough to take the risk to keep this tradition going. The ones that work so incredibly hard and then sell their wares @melbournefarmersmarkets
It’s not easy to get soil this dark in central Oklahoma. It’s our 5th year in this garden spot, and I told Corey that if we ever move, I’m taking this dirt 😂. In these 5 years, we’ve removed all the old sand and clay down to 2 ft deep with thousands of trips of my handy dandy wheelbarrow. We used the same trusty wheelbarrow, filled with soil found under fallen trees in our woods to fill it back up. We’ve burned countless brush piles and hauled the ash, in the wheelbarrow, to this garden spot. Five years of chicken coop cleanout, 5 years of composting, 5 years of blisters, sore muscles, worm farms, buckets of sweat, all woven through dark particles of dirt. I’m fairly certain if you looked at this dirt under a microscope, you’d see me waving back at you. • Get out there, friends. Go get dirty.