Archive for May, 2010

Rain Barrels

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

We found a place to get 55 gallon plastic, food grade barrels!  The Pepsi bottling plant in Memphis, MO got us the used syrup barrels for $10 each.  They smell like Mountain Dew at the moment, but they even put them on the truck to Kirksville for us to pick up more easily.  Great people!

We don’t know exactly how we’ll set it up yet, but we’ll start simple by running some gutters to them and siphoning off the water to the garden when we need it; which won’t be for awhile because of the 4.5 inches we got last week.

But we finally have sun!  A clear, dry day!  Our garden desperately needs it, and hopefully there’ll be more to come!

Singing Prairie Open House and Seed Exchange Rain Dates

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Because of the forecast for rain tomorrow the open house at Singing Prairie Farm and the Seed and Plant Exchange at Butterfly Hill Farm have been moved to next weekend, May 23rd.

Check the Calendar for more details on the events.

Garden Beds

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Our beds are all ready now.  We used a variety of techniques and variations to get them started.  One of the priorities was that everything be free or extremely low cost.  And our total cost for getting the garden beds ready was…. $15!  Here’s a breakdown of the budget.

  • Maple Wood Chips from Cannaday Tree Service: $0
  • Manure from the University Farm: $0
  • Soil Test: $15
  • Lots of lovingly donated hard-work hours from friends and supporters

It’s great seeing the garden coming together.

For the beds, what we eventually settled on was stripping the sod layer and throwing it into compost bins.  We then added a layer of horse manure that had been rotting with wood shreds.  For the paths, we put cardboard down, then covered it with wood chips.  Ideally, we would have used straw, but we couldn’t find a free source of straw.

The tomatoes we put in a few days ago are holding their ground against this cool weather and storms, but they’re definitely not enjoying it.  We put floating row cover over them to help out.  We did the same for the sweet potatoes and luffa, but they are liking this weather even less.