Our big garden, 10,000 square feet in organic veggies and herbs, is a blessing! As food prices continue to climb, we are actively involved in gardening. In addition to the main garden, Bob has built two more square foot gardens . Herbs, flowers, and veggies are planted in each box. This seasons "new thing" are sweet potatoes. Check out the new square foot boxes and plan to build your our boxes. Everyone should have a garden!
Seed time and harvest is the chosen lifestyle for us at Milk and Honey Farm. We are committed to sustainable agriculture and to producing top quality organic foods. Our 10,000 square foot garden produces a vast harvest of vegetables, herbs, flowers - all without the use of synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides or fungicides.
The garden begins in January in our basement, where heirloom seeds are carefully planted in potting soil and placed under grow lights. Electric timers control just the proper amount of light. The wait begins, and the excitement rises as the first little leaves sprout. Culinary and medicinal herbs including oregano, sage, cilantro, thyme and the 15 varieties of basil are some of the first to arrive. The second wave are the many varieties of perennial flowers followed closely by the annuals. Lastly, the vegetables sprout in vast profusion - broccoli, cabbage, varieties of tomatoes, peppers and melons.
The move from the basement starts in late March. The snow is deep and the wind chilly, but the tender plants are safely transported to the Hoop House greenhouse. A kerosene heater keeps the night temperatures above freezing. Here, they will remain and develop - watched over and protected until May when the danger of frost has passed, and they can graduate to the main garden.
Planting quickly shifts to a little weeding and then picking and picking and more picking. Sarah is pictured with some of the cabbages. The big one this year (not shown), won a blue ribbon at the fair. It was nearly twice as large as the other entrants.
"I've been farming for over 50 years (organically the past 25 years), am currently a committee member of the Organic Crop Improvement Association, Minnesota Chapter, and I have witnessed a lot of good results, but I'll have to say, Bob and Sarah's results with plants and livestock is amazing." Loren M. MN