The Ruth Stout experiment is still going strong. I am finding that I still have bermuda grass and several other weeds coming up thru the mulch anywhere I did not get the cardboard thick enough. But on the whole it is working out great.
I installed irrigation. I spent a whole 50$ and put it all together myself. It will never regret it and I don't know why I didn't do it before. The tomatoes, cucumbers, and squash are growing the best they ever have.
I had a terrible several days with the hornworms. The chickens got plenty while I was handpicking them. They are nasty. I may have found the best way to battle them. I put neem seed meal under the plants and after about a week I have seen no new damage. I know it worked on the squash bugs last year treated the same way. Maybe I'll get some red tomatoes?... We shall see.
Melinda and Bennie Pepper
We work in technology but are homesteaders at heart. We're trying to set up our homestead with productive systems that are sustainable. We have Nigerian Dwarf goats and chickens and are trying to garden and raise fruit trees.