Monthly Archives: January 31, 2016

Stop The Birds – Use Flash Tape

Stop The Birds – Use Flash Tape

   Birds are helpful in the farm because they eat bugs which harm the crops. But they also eat seeds that you plant in the ground. One way to prevent bird damage is to use flash tape in the area where you just seeded. Flash tape is a non-sticky reflective tape which you drape across… Read more

Direct Seeded Beans and Transplanted Snow Peas

Direct Seeded Beans and Transplanted Snow Peas

 We picked the Gita and Red Noodle beans to grow in out plot. They are both long beans and require trellis to grow. But before planting the seed, our farm coach advised to inoculate the seeds first. I placed the seeds on separate bowls and added water just enough to cover the seeds. I put… Read more

Trellis

Trellis

I installed a trellis today to accommodate the snow peas I have to transplant tomorrow. The trellis is a very simple design made up of plastic netting attached to T-posts. Our trellis will also support beans and tomatoes I intend to plant later this week.      

Drip Irrigation System

Drip Irrigation System

We have plowed our plots and raised our beds. Now it’s time to install our irrigation system. Where we tap from the feeder line, we placed a timer to control the water output. We initially setup the timer to come on for 30 minutes, four times a day with 3 hour spacing, everyday. After the… Read more

Soil Sampling and Testing

Soil Sampling and Testing

Peter Bunn visited our class to speak to us about the importance of testing the soil before planting. Knowing the soil condition helps the farmer amend the soil with proper methods to ensure crops get the nutrients they need to thrive. 

The Ladybug – A Beneficial Insect

The Ladybug – A Beneficial Insect

Aphids are one of the pests farmers need to control. Luckily, ladybugs, a beneficial insect, feed on the aphids which help the farmers keep their crops healthy without using much chemical pesticides.  In the video an adult and a nymph form of the ladybug are feasting on the aphids.

Nursery Update

Nursery Update

My mom planted Indigo Rose tomatoes, Hybrid Chinese cabbage, Pink eggplant, Lipstick pepper, arugula, kale, swiss chard, snow peas, and Habanero peppers on January 9, 2016. The image below was taken on January 11, and there were no sprouts yet.  I took another photo 11 days later on January 22, and luckily most of them… Read more

How We Make Our Own Potting Mix

How We Make Our Own Potting Mix

This is our recipe we used for our potting soil. Two buckets of coconut coir. Apply water on the dry blocks of coconut coir in a large container like a wheelbarrow. ¬†Use the soaked coconut coir to measure 2 buckets. Two buckets of compost. Half a bucket of Perlite. Half a bucket of Sunshine Mix… Read more

Operating The BCS Rotary Plow

Operating The BCS Rotary Plow

Today was field maintenance day. I used a hula hoe to remove weed, and the BCS tractor with the rotary plow attachment to create three beds in preparation for the next step which is direct seeding.