The Garden is Waiting


The garden is ready and waiting for the Spring planting! We’re in Florida, so the spring planting starts in February. Tomorrow we’ll plant radishes, turnips, lettuce, brussels sprouts, broccoli, red La Soda potatoes, and Yukon Gold potatoes. Next month we’ll plant beans, cucumbers, collards, peppers, tomatoes, herbs, and flowers for the bees.

We rotate our crops.Whatever is planted in one row is moved a row the next year. Last year, we planted beans in the fourth row; this year, the beans will be in the first row. Second row will be root vegetables – turnips, radishes, sweet potatoes later in the spring. Third row is for the leafy vegetables – lettuce and collards. The fourth row is cucumbers and peppers. We plant our tomatoes in buckets.

We got a pickup load of compost from a nearby farm to add to our own chicken-provided compost. You know you’re on a good farm when there all kinds of compost around and you don’t smell anything but wonderful, rich dirt.

Speaking of chicken-provided, our 61 hens are in full spring production! We’re averaging over 40 eggs a day. If you decide on a visit, be sure to bring a cooler so you can take eggs home. The eggs you buy in the grocery store are 30-60 days old. It doesn’t take us nearly that long to walk from the backyard coops to our kitchen, so you can have yesterday’s eggs or if you want to wait a second, today’s eggs!


About Jaye Bee

Story-teller and Author My books: The Girl Who Saw Clouds is a YA novel and a semi-finalist in the 2018 Royal Palm Literary Awards. Pink Baby Alligator is a children's early reader book and is also a semi-finalist in the 2018 Royal Palm Literary Awards. Sweet Deal Sealed is a novella. All my published books are available on Amazon. I Always Wanted to Be a Spy, a mystery thriller, is in its fifth draft. It's scheduled to be published in early 2019. I live on a farm with Farmer Man, two dogs, and fifty-five chickens. We follow Jesus. Thou shalt not plagiarize. (See Commandment #8)
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2 Responses to The Garden is Waiting

  1. carolee says:

    When I first saw your photo I thought, “Where did she get those yellow buckets? I need a couple of those!” Somewhere I read that filling a yellow plastic container half full of water about 3 week after the last frost date helps keep squash borers in check. Last year I used a Nestle’s Quick container, which is rather small. I checked older posts and found you got them at Home Depot! Thanks!

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