"Just because people are fat, it doesn't mean they are well-fed.
The cheapest foods are the fattening ones, not the most nourishing."
--Fannie Lou Hamer
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Seedlings and Chicks
Hello garden gals and guys! Things are growing quite well here at the Fat Earth Backyard Farm. Take a gander at this video to learn a bit about seedlings, when to fertilize, and what it means when they get "leggy":
Now peek in on The Stinkerbelles! They are getting SO big! I haven't even had them a week yet and they are twice the size they were when we brought them home.
So that's it for now garden gals and guys. Until next time....
I was telling a friend about some seed companies that I order from that do not sell GMO seeds and are NOT owned by Monsanto (which is pretty hard to find since Monsanto and their wholly owned subsidiary Seminis owns about 90-95% of seed companies). If you are wondering what the big deal about Monsanto is, please, PLEASE email me and I will give you some very important information to read.
I just happened to keep surfing and reading and was hurt to find that six companies I get catalogs from, and have ordered seeds from, are owned by Monsanto. This just goes to show that you really need to do your research about where your seed suppliers are getting their seed from.
Even if a company sells non-GMO seeds, you need to call and ask where they get their seeds from. If they say Monsanto or Seminisfind another supplier. Here is just a small list of companies that is either owned or supplied by Monsanto or Seminis (owned by Monsanto) that I found on a blog I was reading called The Urban Or…
Hello Garden Gals and Guys! Yup! It's potato planting time. Actually the weather has been so dry and warm, a lot of farmers have gotten their potatoes into the ground about three weeks ahead of schedule.
I promised I would post about how to plant them so here it goes! For the Maryland area, potatoes can be planted from March 15th to April 20th (but you can plant them as late as June). You can do a google search on planting potatoes to see when you can plant them if you are not in Maryland.
The potatoes that I have (pictured to your left) are two types: Bitje (a baking potato); and Austrian Crescent which is a fingerling potato (a small, skinny type of potato).
The first thing that I did before planting was to dig some small trenches in my garden about two or three days before I was ready to plant. I added a little lobster compost to the trench and worked it in.
Right after digging the trenches, I took my potatoes and sliced them up so that there was at least one "eye…
Hello garden gals and guys! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. This lil' ole garden gal was busy from Friday until Sunday evening, and I'm TIRED. But it's a good kind of tired because we got a lot done here at Fat Earth! So, get your cup of coffee or tea (or whatever your morning cup of joy is), sit yourself on down, and enjoy a stroll with me through my backyard farm.
Where shall I begin? Let's start with the wood pile. We've had these large pieces of wood sitting in our side yard for a few years. They are from a tree my mother-in-law had cut down in her yard. I was so tired of looking at them. So, when we were having some wood delivered, I heard the man mention that he splits wood. He gave an affordable price. So he delivered 5/8 of a cord, then came back with his equipment and split the wood.
These are the two wood piles:
Here's a little video of them splitting the wood. It took about an hour and a half to get it all chopped up: