The past two weeks have been a busy around the Micro Farm. The first project was a new compost bin. We have become the compost center for several households in our neighborhood. The two bins we had did not give us enough space. I also had several pieces of material that needed to be used.
There are now three bins instead of two, and all three bins are larger in size. I also was able to sifted a load of compost in my lawn tractor trailer. I am hopeful these new bins will help us make more compost.
The second project has been connecting our rain-barrels. I was able to connect the first barrel using parts that I had on hand.
This barrel is completely full after about two storms. It collects from about 18 feet of gutter and fills with a small rain shower.
Connecting the second barrel required new equipment. I am still waiting on a few parts from the store to complete the full set up.
However, with a few pieces installed and a little rain fall I have been able to collect about ten gallons of water. Only 10 feet of gutter is connected, and the rain fall since it was connected has been small.
I am not happy with how the downspout looks. After the rest of the parts arrive I will make that change and a few other small changes.
I have also planted several cool weather crops. The peas were planted but have not come up yet. The radishes have come up though. There are two varieties this year, an heirloom black radish and an heirloom red radish.
I walk in the garden everyday and I am still amazed to see the garlic as tall as it is.
I have a good crop of plants. I planted four varieties of garlic in the fall. Two of the four did not come up. They did not look good when I planted them and was not surprised when they did not come up.
The other two are very strong. It is difficult to see in the picture but each varieties’ greens have a different color and shape. I am excited to taste each variety.
More projects are on the way. The seedlings are growing in the basement. It looks to be shaping up to be a nice spring. Hopefully, it warms up a little.
Enjoy this season, learn from last season, and look forward to next season.