Thursday, May 9, 2013

peaches, blueberries and manure tea

If you know us very well you know that we are trying to plant a huge variety of fruits and vegetables this year.  We have the space and we love the idea of being as self-sufficient as possible.  We are starting small (except on chickens) with new things but hope to increase each year.  We are even toying with the idea of selling much of what we grow in the coming years.  

With all the info out there about how awful herbicides, pesticides and GMO's  are, we are trying to grow as organically as possible.  Most of our seeds and plants are "organic" but some we are uncertain of.  We don't know how the Amish start their plants and we got lots of tomatoes, peppers and some eggplant from them.  

In past we have used Miracle Grow and some granulated fertilizer when we planted.  We know our plants need nutrients so we have researched the best options and are trying a few easy ones that come along.  One thing we have come across is manure tea.  Rusty got a load of compost horse manure (something we have added to our gardens in the past) and we read where you can put it in a 5 gallon bucket, add water and cover for 3 days.  You can then add the liquid "fertilizer" to your plants.  With large plants we add straight manure or till it into the ground.

One thing the boys have always wanted are peach tress so we got 2.

We have also wanted to grow blueberries so we planted a couple of bushes but hope to have more like 40-50 next year, we just didn't have the ground ready this year to plant that many.

1 comment:

mary leigh said...

the browns will purchase from the rutledge farm and i will even send my b team to help pick and work the land.