Starting things from seed!
This year with the new garden i decided to start as much as possible from seed. Most things i started inside (even if they didn’t like to be transplanted), but i did put some things straight in the soil once the beds were ready and some of them even came up!. Radishes, beets, carrots, tomatoes, winter squash, summer squash, cucumbers, spinach, peppers, fennel, onions, mustard greens, broccoli,lettuce and so much more. For the most part things went well. I started a bunch of herbs, but they died. I think i over watered them. Ill try again once i have some space inside.
Something has been eating my radish tops, and my lettuce and broccoli sprouts, and i brought home some aphids on a few starts i got. I made an all natural aphid poison from soap and oil. I sprayed the infested mint, and lemon balm. Im hoping it does the job, i did see a few lacewings over there too. I am hoping we can work together to get rid of the evil aphids. Though i still need to figure out what is eating my seedlings. I have not seen anything around there though i suspect i have a cutworm infestation. I plan on putting some collars on a few things. And preemptively getting some predator wasps for possible fly and maggot issues that may arrive once the weather gets warmer.
We have been trying to to make use of any materials we find around. When some branches were cut down from a large tree we discovered rolls of old wire fencing. I decided to turn some of it into trellises for the pees, and squash. And we are trying to make use of the limbs that were cut down as well. Some of them were quite large and since we don’t have access to a chipper we need to make use of them as they are. The chickens got a new jungle gym to roost on, and we are trying to figure out how to use other limbs to mark off new beds.