Annie M.

Helpful Home Farming Tools

Here it is, mid-May and my home farm is starting to sprout little baby plants! I do believe that in-ground home farming is the most difficult – but we also made it the most difficult by planting so much! Just check out the photo below, do you think we went a little overboard?

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I totally suggest that people keep it simple. Plant a small, manageable home farm, especially if you are embarking on this adventure for the first time. HomeFarming.com has some really valuable resources – how to plan your plot and experts to answer questions.  My favorite feature of the Home Farming site is the social feature. I love chatting with other home farmers about our progress and frustrations. Plus, you can connect your Facebook account to this site so you can share your progress with your close circle that way!

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Despite the late season frost my plants endured recently, they are growing! I am so excited and looking forward to harvesting a bountiful crop in late summer! We planted a very wide variety of things this year, but I think I am most looking forward to fresh salad! We have arugula, kale, lots of lettuces, cucumbers and tomatoes!

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Last year we learned our lesson. We purchased some products this year that have really made life and home farming much easier. The first one is Weed Block. It is a black tarp that keeps random weed seeds from blowing and planting themselves near my seeds.  As you can see, our plants are growing through the holes we cut for them, it makes weeding so much easier!

The other product we adore right now is the leaker hose. I can just turn on the hose and let it spray a fine mist on my entire home farm, without me having to go down with a hose and do it myself.

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A perfect plant for children and beginners is the radish.  It flowers so quickly that it gives you a quick return on your investment of hard work. The leaves bloom very full too. Our radish leaves last year were huge compared to our other plants. That being said, I don’t like to eat radishes one bit. I’ll be giving away quite a bit of radishes at church this year!

Here is another fun video! I take you through a walk in my home farm, let you see my buds up close and share my thoughts about the Deer situation.

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8 Responses to “ Helpful Home Farming Tools ”

  1. I love those soaker hoses — we use those too!

  2. Weed Block looks amazing. Is it expensive?

  3. Actually Jenn, weed block is fairly inexpensive. You can get 100ft of it for $25 or 50 ft for $10 on Amazon.com

    Happy Home Farming!

  4. WOW. It’s looking great Annie! Makes me almost wish I had a green thumb.
    Kas

  5. MMM, your Arugula is making me want a fresh salad with mozzerella!

  6. I have always heard that a radio under a bucket on low will keep the deer away. They hear the noise and think it is people. You can put it on a timer to go on during peak deer times.

    Good looking garden!

  7. I do not think you went overboard ,infact plant lots of tomatoes .BH&G has a great spagetti sauce recipe you can convert all the liquid tomatoe measures and throw yours in a blender w/or wout seeds as you desire. cood overnight open in a crockpot then cover until you are ready to can or freeze .I loved it and on frozen(cooked ofcourse) cheese raviolli was like dessert .Also if you have kids make a tee-pee sort of arrangement with 8ft poles ,plant things that climb like eatable peapods .the kids love it for a playhouse and will eat those peapods raw . mine loved dip (as all kids do ) and I would give her some ranch dressing and she would eat her veggies first ,before steak,chicken ,potatoes or such.She is now taller than me ,very healthy and smart in the military.

  8. My husband delievers a paper and has to pick up the old ones if they ars still there. We decided to recycle by putting thick layers of papers over the whole garden. Then we put about 6-8 inches of leaves on top and then wet it down. In the spring there were no weeds to deal with and the soil remained fairly soft to dig. We dug holes right through the papers to plant our seedlings. Then chopped through it to allow the soil to breath. No weeds and I haven’t had to water either. In the fall I plan on turning everything under and doing it agin, but this time not quite so thick on the paper.