It is a lot of work to grow things organically, but I find the benefits pay off. Instead of taking time to spray pesticides I take time with each plant and get to know what bugs are on there. I find the diversity of my small garden helps keep things balanced. I let my sweet peas go to seed this year and they had thousands of aphids in them- but they still produced good seeds and the aphids stayed away from other ornamentals and tomatoes! I am trying to keep a log of all the unusual bugs I see and learn what their role is. I’d like to believe the aphids provided a feast for my abundant ladybug population. I’ve learned the monarchs love my red zinnias, and so I aim to grow something bright red for the monarchs each year. The amazing thing about gardening is that I could do it for 100 years and still have so much to learn.
We’ve noticed that growing a lot of greens attracts frogs like crazy. Not only are they camouflage, but it is the perfect, moist environment with lots of creepy crawlers for them to eat. If I see one out of place (like in our production tent) I always catch them and then release them over where the greens are growing. Love these little guys! #froggie#frog#frogs#treefrogs#organicfarming#organicgrowers
Delivery of unexpected treasures make my world a brighter place. A thousand loud clapping thank yous to the inimitable @liz_flowerfarmer #mapleflowerfarmvt#organicgrowers#backtotheland#purebeauty#colorspectacle We all need Snapdragons in our lives. The dragon flower = grace itself. Said to possess power to restore beauty & youth. A flower of magical nature — believed to ward off evil, along with the ability to protect, restore & strengthen mankind with its presence. #bringiton#gratitude ps. These extra tall beauties are ‘Madame Butterfly’, cherry bronze.