Our one acre garden consists of a combination of heirloom and conventional plant varieties that are acclimated to USDA Growing Zone 5. Utilizing eight growing plots, the vegetables and flowers planted in these plots are rotated on an annual basis, in order to mitigate insect and disease pressure. In addition to these plants not being located in the same plot year after year, a designated plot will be left fallow, or planted in cover crops to further break the disease and insect cycle. We do not use any chemicals in the production of our vegetables and flowers. Compost and other organic materials (bone meal, blood meal, kelp, etc) are used to build the fertility of our soil. We till our gardens once in the Spring and Fall. At the end of the season we plant a cover crop of rye and winter peas in order to prevent soil loss over the Winter and reduce weed pressure in the following Spring. Supplementing the vegetable and flower beds with compost instead of chemicals, rotating the beds where the vegetables and flowers are grown to lessen insect pressure, and reducing extensive tilling will promote the health of the soil, and in turn the health of the plants.
Vegetables Our selection of vegetables will change each year as we try and determine what is best suited for our farm and land. This year is focused on a wide variety of tomatoes and garlic.
We are growing a couple rows of Sunflowers and Snapdragons this year while we determine the best way forward with our cut flower production.