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Today John the Farmer is germinating an avo pit.

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Remove and clean pit. Make sure the narrow end points up. Don’t remove the brown skin.

Insert 3-4 toothpicks into the pit around the equator at a slight angle so that the pit rests in the water of your cup/ bowl/ glass.

Remember to top up with water as required.

Your Avocado pit will first root then shoot will appear.

Wait till young sapling has a few sets of leaves before transplanting out so that the top of the pit just sticks above ground.

Avocado’s are monoecious so they have both male and female flowers which don’t open at the same time so one should plant at least two nearby.

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Progress after two weeks !

 

 

 

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Today John the Farmer is processing mustard seed

Mustard

Four new duckies on the farm.

 

Four new ducklings on the farm

Four new ducklings on the farm

Today John the Farmer harvested pea seed pods !

Dried pea pods

Dried pea pods

Today John the Farmer harvested dried pea seed pods for next season’s planting. Originals were from Prince Charles’s duchy organic range.

Today John the Farmer made a worm farm.

Half Drum

Half Drum

1) Take a half drum and drill holes in the bottom for drainage.

Sticks or Stones

Sticks or Stones

2) Place sticks or stones in the bottom to help with drainage. (You don’t want the holes clogging up with muck.)

Leaves

Leaves

3) Place a layer leaves on top of the sticks.

Bad News

Bad News

4) Alternately layer newspaper and leaves. Remember to water thoroughly between layers. The newspaper will keep the leaves from drying out and the worms will eat the newspaper.

Worms

Worms

5) Add worms. You can dig them up in your garden especially after rain. This is where you recycle bad news into good news !

Kitchen Scraps

Kitchen Scraps

6) Add kitchen scraps. Worms will compost most scraps except for citrus peels.

Stand

Stand

7) I used this old trolley to stand the farm on, and placed a tray underneath to collect the worm tea.

Worm Farm

Worm Farm

8) The worm tea is an excellent compost that can be used directly in the nursery or on your veggies. Remember not to let your worm farm dry out.

Happy Worm Farming!

 

Today John the Farmer made a salad from the veg patch.

Organic Salad

Organic Salad

Today John the Farmer made a salad from organic ingredients.

Cos lettuce, Wasabi mustard, whole baby Beetroot, Dandelion greens, Garlic Chives, Mint, Radishes and Nasturtium flowers.

Added chopped Olives and dressed with Olive Oil, Balsasmic vinegar and seed mix.

Yum!

 

May have found what’s been eating my peas..

moth

Moth