Seeing Panhandler’s new planters and some of the responses there and on my chicken thread got me thinking that there’s enough of us here into gardening and also interested in the notion of sustainable farming that we should start a combined thread about it. Open to everyone to post their projects or questions. I’m going to leave my chickens out of this thread given that I have a whole thread devoted to them. But I think for other people livestock would be appropriate to discuss here as well.
I’ve nerded out on gardening and permaculture about as much as I have on the chickens. I’ve been surprised how cheap it is to get into gardening.
Here’s some small tangerines someone brought in to work I’m going to get seeds out of and start:
Citrus greening has pretty much destroyed Florida’s citrus industry and home citrus orchards. However there’s some reason to believe that citrus grown in hardwood hammocks has immunity to greening. When these come up and get developed, as well as some Myers lemons I’m starting, I’m going to try to establish them in about 6 acres of hardwoods I have on the farm.
I’ve got 15 acres of blueberries that I think are going to yield good this year with all the rain we’re getting in north Florida. The high bush and some of the rabbiteyes are starting to wake up.
I’ve never bothered to start seedlings indoors. This year I’m trying it with three kinds of tomatoes, citrus, Seminole pumpkins, and Jalapeños. 2 of the tomatoes I grew last year and the jalapeños I grew 2 years ago. So I’m curious to see if the older seeds I saved will come up. Of the Seminole pumpkins, I have seeds both from 2 years ago and last year. I’m curious to see which batch does best. I also have volunteers starting to come up from
last year in some of the chicken compost. Each year it seems like they become more resilient and vigorous so I’m probably going to favor the newer seeds and plants over the older ones, with the presumption that natural selection is favoring those pumpkins that grow best for my conditions at the farm.