Slugs!

As you may know, I’ve been seriously ramping up the veggie growing around my place. My husband and I have started a small acreage farm, and have already received some payments from our first year CSA members. (“YEAHH!”, and “YIKES!!”)

I wanted to get a jump start on some of the cold hardy plants like brussel sprouts, cabbage, radishes, etc. And with this eerily nice weather we’ve been having (minus the frost last night that knocked out a couple brassicas), I’ve gotten a lot of them in my portable green house, and cold frames. But there’s one major problem. You guessed it, SLUGS!

 

Credit: Wikipedia

These slimy buggers have done a significant amount of damage to my crops in a very short period of time. They’ve lopped off the leaves of my broccoli and brussels sprouts, completely beheaded my kale, and left lovely ragged edged radishes in my cold frames. DRATS!!!

Because I want to keep things all-natural, I have to accept losing crops to nature is going to happen…..a lot. (It certainly doesn’t mean I have to like it!) So, here was my plan of attack.

1. Surround remaining affected plants with coffee grinds–it reportedly deters slugs.

2. Scatter hair around seedlings—also reportedly deters slugs. (Gross, I know, but I just happened to cut my husband’s hair on the same day I did this, so it worked out.)

3. Beer in shallow dishes reportedly attracts slugs, gets them drunk, and they drown.

Outcome:

Ehhhh to number 1 and 2. I can’t say they’ve been effective…but I suppose it doesn’t hurt. But number 3 is a definite winner.

The above picture is gross. However, I took this the first morning, and there were about 9 slugs in there (and some random beetle). Unfortunately, there is probably 9 million of these things in my yard. But, I’ll chalk this up to a score, and keep feeding those little lushes cheap beer, and hopefully enjoy bountiful harvests!!

Have you found anything affective against slugs??

 

 

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Chickens, again.

You know how everytime you read someone’s blog about chickens, they’re all like, “I can’t stop getting chickens.” or “Be sure to prepare for more chickens, cause once you start you can’t stop.” Wellllll…..it’s true. We got more chickens. Three more chickens. That’s a total of 6. 3 Jersey Giants, 1 Barred Rock, 1 White brahma, and 1 black australop.

I’ve been meaning to update you on all of the terrific happenings going on at our place, but it’s like Spring here, and I’ve been buuuuuuusy! The evenings are usually when I blog, but instead, I’ve been finding myself asleep sitting up. So, heres a quickie version:

1. We got more chickens….obviously. We still don’t have eggs. Our 3 Jersey giants are all molting.

2. We built a new, awesome chicken coop, big enough for 6 chickens.

3. Our farm is up a running. (Check it out at Collingwood Farm.)

4. There are things sprouting in my bedroom, breezeway, cold frames, and portable green house.

5. The sun is shining most days, and its 70 degrees.

6. I’ve been spending any spare time outside, loving every minute, and spending my nights sleeping like a rock.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to post better posts soon. But for now, we should all get outside and enjoy this weather!! 🙂

Help stop GMO corn!!!

Here’s the email I’ve shared with my family and friends from CREDO. Please follow the link, and sign the petition if you want to tell Monsanto you don’t want to eat their crappy, unnatural food!

“Subject: Tell Walmart: Don’t sell Monsanto’s potentially toxic GMO sweet corn

Dear Friend,

This spring, Monsanto’s GMO sweet corn — their first product for direct human consumption — will be getting planted for the first time.

Then it will be sold, unlabeled, in a grocery store near you.

To stop it, we’ll need significant opposition from food sellers to this untested, potentially toxic product. Walmart is the largest food retailer in the country, but they have no plans to reject Monsanto’s GMO sweet corn.

I just signed a petition urging Walmart to take a stand for consumer safety, and reject Monsanto’s GMO sweet corn before it’s planted. You can add your name here:

http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/walmart_gmo_corn/?r_by=35134-4444997-Rnbuuyx&rc=confemail

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones Updated.

I’ve been taking some classes through our local extension office, and was surprised to find out that the USDA has updated the plant hardiness zones in recent weeks. It looks like global warming has taken most of us up about a half zone. I was in Zone 5b, but now I’m 6a. Not much of a different, but good to know. Because there are a lot of  gardeners out there, I wanted to help spread the word.

From the USDA website

 

Get the full info from their website here.

 

I was going to post about this tonight, but Soulsby Farm beat me! And since they did it wonderfully, I’ll just reblog! Enjoy!

Two Barn Farm

I’m not one to post back-to-back entries, I’m usually good for one a week but if you didn’t see the new ad for Chiptotle, take a couple of minutes and watch it. This is Chipotle’s first tv ad and wow! They nailed it, amazing. Smart campaign to target a “Back to Basics” farming approach in this short animated commercial featuring Willie Nelson covering Coldplay…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMfSGt6rHos

It reminds me of Pixar’s “Up” when they were able to convey so much emotion in the first ten minutes (when she was unable to have children) completely through nonverbal means. I’m not saying go to Chipotle’s (owned by McDonald’s) but I am saying what they made here is gold and will hopefully force change in the industrial agricultural factory farming community.

Baby steps, right?

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