Daddykirbs and Luke in garden

Cucumbers, Brussels, Broccoli, Chard, Lettuce… and feeding Goats

First, I have to say… I’m pretty excited. This is my first official post on! Yay 🙂

Cucumbers, Brussels, Broccoli, Chard, Lettuce… and feeding Goats

Sometimes it’s extremely difficult to find time to get things done! That’s how I feel right now. There’s so many things to do. The project list on the farm is getting longer and longer. But that can’t stop the garden. A farmer has got to eat and you can’t eat what you don’t plant! Luke and I take some time to do a small patch in the garden tonight. I can’t say that it’s all done correctly, but that small patch is done for now.

Cucumbers, Brussels, Broccoli, Chard, Lettuce... and feeding Goats
Daddykirbs and Luke ready to plant the garden for the Fall and Winter crops 2014.

After removing all the expired veggies and weeds I added ten gallons of compost made right here on the daddykirbs farm.  The soil needs nourishment too. As we feed our soil life, it will in turn feed our plants.

Along the fence I planted Cucumbers. I’m hoping that they will trellis up the fence. There is some risk of the chickens and ducks attacking whatever hangs on the outside of the fence, but maybe they will leave a little for me.

In a row in front of the Cucumbers is the Brussels Sprouts. I have had no luck with this plant… but then again I’ve only tried once before. I think I should be starting my seeds in flats then transplanting, but I really like the idea of direct sowing. For now I’m going to see if I can get this to work.

Next is the Broccoli. It’s kind of the same story as the Brussels Sprouts. I have no idea if the direct sowing method will produce anything here.

In front of that is a row of Swiss Chard. I know this grows well here. If it is managed correctly I believe it can be perennial.  I love the idea of a garden that comes back every year. The chickens, ducks and goats would love some extra Chard as well.

Lettuce and Marigolds will take up the front row.  Again, these can be perennial plants if I let them seed. Perhaps I can make this entire section of the garden perennial in time. It would be very cool to have that mature and develop into a little food forest.

Thanks for reading along. Be sure to watch the video to see all of this in action!

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11 thoughts on “Cucumbers, Brussels, Broccoli, Chard, Lettuce… and feeding Goats”

  1. This is awesome! Where are you located? I didn’t think we could plant cucumbers this late, but I live in Oklahoma. My kids and I have planted Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, radishes, and carrots so far. We are going to plant garlic next week. 🙂 gardening is so exciting! Love seeing what you’re doing.

    1. The Cucumbers really should have gone in weeks ago, but I thought I’d give it a shot. You can’t learn if you aren’t willing to make a few mistakes, right? Do you have any luck with the Brussels Sprouts and Broccoli direct seeding… or do you transplant?

      1. I do that sometimes too. Experiment! I have not had good luck direct seeding either of those. This spring I did seedlings inside and this fall I had a snafoo on that and bought seedlings at the organic nursery. But I also threw a bunch of seeds out to see what would happen. A few have germinated. So we’ll see.

  2. Congratulations on getting your first post up!!! I like direct sowing so much better than transplants. But, I think I have better luck with transplants overall. It is just a little more disheartening to lose a transplant that I have been working on for weeks than a direct sow.

    1. I feel that same way. If I direct sow 100 seeds and get 20 nice plants I feel pretty good. But… if I start 100 from seeds and transplant and lose 80! That’s the same math but a totally different feeling 🙂

  3. I’m so excited that you got 10 gallons of compost! Isn’t that a wonderful feeling…that nutrient-rich garden gold, made from discarded garbage. I got just 5 gallons last spring, but I added a huge bin to our back yard and also started a worm farm…so I hope to have a lot more this coming spring. 🙂 Oh, and I’m totally jealous of the stuff you are able to plant right now! I’m in zone 6 and a bit more limited right now.

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