We have a garden growing vegetables, flowers, and melons on a little less than an acre of our pasture, as well as a 30′ x 72′ high tunnel greenhouse (seen in picture below) for season extension.  We grow without pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides using certified organic seeds and using certified organic fertilizer from Mighty Grow Organics in Fruitdale, Alabama (but we are not a certified organic farm).

Garden photo

A view from one corner of our garden in late May 2016.

We have a fence made of recycled pallets surrounding the garden on 3 sides, and we have young pullets (future egg-laying hens) surrounding those sides, acting as free pest control, catching bugs that want to come in and eat our veggies. The pallets actually also encourage predatory wasps, another form of garden pest control for us.  We have a couple of beehives which help us pollinate our crops.

leafy greens

Some of our spring 2016 bounty

We enjoy the produce for our family, but we also sell our veggies, flowers, and melons at the farmers markets.  Things we have grown include tomatoes, tomatillos, potatoes, onions, beets, cabbages, kale, romaine, swiss chard, turnips, radishes, corn, sugar snap peas, beans, okra, squash, cucumbers, basil, and flowers like ageratum, marigold, sunflower, and zinnia.  On Saturdays, you can often find this week’s offerings listed or photographed on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

row of immature sunflowers

Sugar snap peas, sunflowers, and tomatoes growing up in mid-May 2016

We’ve planted a few fruit and nut trees and bushes but they won’t bear fruit for several years.  We’re so excited for their future harvest!

flowers, cucumbers, eggplants, tomatillos, tomatoes, okra, beans

Bountiful summertime harvest!