Improving our Garden Soil

Dirt, soil, earth – whatever you want to call it – it’s an integral part of the garden, and soil health is a critical factor to gardening success.

Welcome to Part 1 of our Soil Health Series!  Today I’m going to introduce you to the stuff beneath our feet here at Fluster Farm.  Dirt, soil, earth – whatever you want to call it – it’s an integral part of the garden, and soil health is a critical factor to gardening success.  Great soil has a proper balance of sand, silt, and clay, is full of organic matter, and rich in minerals.  I used a couple of quick ways to assess soil health when we first started clearing our garden area.

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Our First Chickens

When we first started talking about homesteading and becoming self-sufficient, getting a small flock of egg-laying chickens was very high on our wish list.  As pets, they’re cute, fluffy and amusing to watch.  As farm animals, they provide excellent quality eggs, fertilizer for the garden, and they are an important part of tick control efforts. Continue reading “Our First Chickens”

Could you… Would you… Kudzu?

Ah yes.  Kudzu!  The vine that ate the South, and it’s still happily munching along.  Originally introduced to the US in the late 1800’s from Japan as an ornamental bush, shade plant, erosion control and animal feed, kudzu is now said to be spreading at a rate of approximately 150,000 acres per year.

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Kudzu suffocates everything in its path.  Image Credit

Coming from the North, we had never encountered kudzu in person before.  We knew that the little plot of land we were buying had a kudzu problem in a cleared area, but that was not a major deterrent for us.  We are used to working hard.  I knew from my research that kudzu was difficult to eradicate, and just about everything I read recommended herbicide treatment combined with manual removal.  We were committed to keeping our garden chemical-free, so manual removal was going to be our plan of attack. Continue reading “Could you… Would you… Kudzu?”

Our Story

How did our little family of four go from a suburban lot in a rapidly growing Upper Midwestern city to wooded acreage in the winding hills of North Georgia’s mountains?  Some great stories about momentous change begin small.  A fleeting thought… a vague feeling.  A nebulous “what if?” dismissed quickly at first, starts to gnaw at daily living. That is how our story of change began.  While our story has really just started, I know that it will be a great one.  This is the story of Fluster Farm!
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