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Pesticide and chemical free gardening

Growing Our Food

This year we decided to try raised beds.  We have them built & planted. We are now working on putting the fence up to prevent the abundant wildlife from consuming our plants!

We had a late start this year getting our garden beds done and planted due to time constraints and the extremely wet spring here in Michigan. We filled the raised beds with a mix of topsoil, compost, peat and worm castings as well as dried and crushed egg shells and epsom salt.  We did not add any mulch on top of the beds due to all of the rain but we are planning on adding a top dressing of mulch as time permits.

We had a late start this year getting the plants in but we finally have everything planted.  We do not use pesticides or herbicides on our property.  We use remedies like Neem Oil, soap, water and hand-picking any pests from our plants.  We enriched the soil with compost, egg shells, epsom salt and we added the peat to help keep the dirt moist.  

It's late July and we have been enjoying beets, patty pan squash, zucchini, cucumbers and tomatoes from the garden.  It's so rewarding to be able to harvest and enjoy produce that we have grown.  We hope to enjoy the cabbage, broccoli, winter squash, potatoes and carrots pretty soon.  

We'll be posting our progress, recipes, and thoughts on our blog & youtube as we progress!