Ruffled Feathers and Spilled Milk

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Free Range Garden.

Posted on | August 10, 2012 | 4 Comments

I finally did the mowing.

In the garden….

….down by the fruit trees….

….and up to the perennial beds.

Which means someone needs to do the weeding.  Around the melon patch….

….the peppers….

….the green beans….

….the corn….

….the eggplant….

….and the okra.

Never mind the herbs….

….and the flowers.

The problem is that “someone” to do the weeding always turns out to be me.  And I can’t summon the energy to weed when so much of the garden will be transferred to the greenhouse and the soil turned over for fall crops next month.  I mean, what’s the point?

I have put the boys on weed duty and I suppose they doing their best work.

If their “best work” means eating the beans and the peppers.

Which puts the way the guineas like to eat the onions to shame.

I’m pretty sure the critters I have fenced in the garden are as bad as the critters I have fenced out.

So I prepared to pull weeds by hand.  Because who wants veggies and flowers drowning in horseweed, choked by lespedeza, smothered by signal grass?  Unless….hmmmmm…….

Woodland Pond Farm is pleased to introduce:

Free Range Gardening.

Mary, Mary quite contrary, how does your garden grow?

Is it sterile and bare?  Are there dirt rows everywhere?

Are your plants exposed to full sun—-to shrivel and fade,

With no friendly greenery to provide a bit of root shade?

Are their leaves and produce subject to attack,

from every little bug seeking a snack?

Is there nothing natural or native to share their growing space?

Is your garden a debilitated and unhealthy place?

Well, not here!  Woodland Pond’s produce and flowers are grown Free Range!  That’s right, all our plants are raised in combination with spontaneously occurring flora.  Our weeding and herbicide free fields have resulted in the ultimate symbiotic relationship between fruitful plants and natural varieties of greenery.  Why have we developed this easy lazy unique approach to gardening?

The extreme biodiversity provides food and cover for beneficial insects while simultaneously providing a trap crop for sheep and guineas those bugs that would destroy the harvest.

Disparate root development by a variety of plant species prevents soil compaction, is cheaper than mulch, and inhibits erosion under heavy rainfall conditions.

A mixture of broad and narrow leaf structure, as well as both vining and sprawling plant characteristics, helps to hide camouflage shelter crops as they develop, preventing over harvesting and, therefore, providing a continuous yield over the season.

Let’s not forget that all this lush greenery provides a haven for indigenous insect and animal populations.



Does this dynamic form of gardening require less more effort and attention on our part?  Yes!

Is free range gardening made up worth it?  Yes!

Does it cost more to get produce and flowers raised in this healthy and natural manner?  Hell, yes!  Show me the money! Of course it does.

But ask yourself:

Does your family deserve the best produce and flowers, grown under natural conditions, raised in cooperation with native plant, insect, and animal species?  Does your family love the earth and want to support beneficial farming methods that protect and preserve our planet?

Don’t settle for plants produced in sterile and barren conditions.  Go Free Range with Woodland Pond!

That’s what I love about farming.  It has a niche for every type of farmer and farming style.  Especially the evil genius smart type.

Muwhahahaha!

Comments

4 Responses to “Free Range Garden.”

  1. Andrew
    August 10th, 2012 @ 7:18 am

    I think you should put together an infomercial and market this. But wait, there’s MORE!!!

  2. caitlinvb
    August 10th, 2012 @ 5:43 pm

    But wait! ACT NOW AND WE’LL DOUBLE OUR OFFER!! That’s right!DOUBLE IT!

  3. Jill
    August 12th, 2012 @ 10:28 am

    Love it! definitely my style…. if I had a style besides haunting the farmer’s markets…

  4. Jennifer
    August 13th, 2012 @ 3:07 am

    “spontaneously occurring flora”… brilliant!

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