Category Archives: the homestead experiment

Garden update

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Today I thought I’d give you a brief update on the garden. Above are the beets I transplanted last week. They are among the few things that have taken well to the garden. The various cabbage and cauliflower seedlings I planted have been walloped by the bugs.  Seeing these tattered leaves is very humbling.  It gives me a whole new appreciation for the challenges organic farmers face, and crop losses they must endure.  It’s evident why organic is more expensive!  I certainly don’t begrudge them their prices after seeing my poor results. Continue reading Garden update

All snug in their beds: Planting broccoli and cabbage starts

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After ripping out the miracle tomatoes on Saturday, I had 12 feet or so of prime real estate in the instead-of-grass garden in the front yard.  While planning my fall garden, I had consulted The Weekend Homesteader and Mini Farming which both advised to alternate tomatoes with plants from the Brassica family (e.g., broccoli, cabbage) to promote optimal soil health.  So yesterday I bought Savoy cabbage, green cabbage and broccoli starts from my local food co-op and got to work this morning to put them in the ground.  (That turn-around must be a record for me.  Typically, I leave seedlings on the back patio where they shame me from the breakfast table for at least a week.  I finally get so concerned they won’t survive either the temperature or the neglect, that I drop everything – usually after a dramatic announcement – and plant them, that is, if they haven’t died already.) Continue reading All snug in their beds: Planting broccoli and cabbage starts