This morning while getting some water out of the fridge, I noticed once again the vast amount of eggs piling up. I decided I would give them to my neighbors Urey and Ada, as they are always nice to me. When I got there, I couldn’t help but ask to take some pictures of their garden. The family is of the Amish devotion, so you will not see pictures of any of them, but they didn’t mind me taking a couple shots of their hard work.
One of my favorite shots was this compost pile on wheels. Lately I’ve been using my wheel barrel to haul compost nearly 400 feet across the farm to add it to my garden, so I can totally appreciate this amazing idea. When it’s ready to be spread, they hitch up a horse and pull it through the garden. This method would save me a ton of work !
Ada planted broccoli this year, something I was planning on doing, but I guess that got lost in the hurried shuffle. You can see a few bite marks from the same type of pest that has been eating my Mexican Husk Tomatillo’s. It could even be the same animal, as our gardens are only a few hundred feet apart. This pest only eats what it likes, and leaves everything else alone, so I guess I shouldn’t complain. It’s better then having a goat walk through…
Here is a cultivator that they use to turn their soil. They tell me it’s much easier to use then turning the soil by hand. I am in total agreement, as I’ve turned the soil where the onions are planted in my garden by hand. It’s brutal work, and keeps you sore for days. This neat tool is easy on a horse, and does a great job mixing the dirt.
Before leaving, Ada showed me a potato growing method which she is trying this year. They take just the small eye from a potato and plant it. Most sources suggest planting potatoes in 2 inch chunks, so this is an experiment for them. If it works well, they will continue this practice in the future.