Welcome to Small Farm Community

Hello! This site is ran by a couple of gamer geeks who also run a small farm. We needed a place to store all of the information we use without having to scour the internet for things we may have come across but then forgot where we found the information. So we decided to put up a website so that not only could WE have the information, but maybe someone else would find the information useful as well.

We’d like to form a small farm “community” hence the name of the site, however we also recognize that there are already a ton of them out there… and they’re not all that active. Additionally, when a site is forum driven, a lot of great information gets buried under other forum posts and the same questions get asked over and over. While posts will still get buried under other posts in our current format, we believe that the information is more easily found in a blog format.

So pull up a chair and hopefully you can learn something in our sharing of information. If you have a question on something you don’t see here, please feel free to contact us and we’ll try to get some information up.

Worm Bins – Raising Worms – Part 2

Worm bins can really be made out of anything that is food safe. You want it to be food safe because you don’t want to harm your worms with chemicals (so no treated wood) and if you’re going to be using the worm castings for fertilizer then you’re not going to want chemicals in the castings either. A lot of people will build “flow thru” systems out of wood. While I do believe a flow thru system would be the most beneficial for a larger scale, starting out with plastic worm bins made out of totes is sufficient.
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Worm Bedding Preparation – Growing Worms – Part 1

As part of our crazy adventures of trying to turn our farm into a profitable venture, we’ve decided to start with a cheap option of creating worm castings and fishing worms. Worm Castings are used in the garden because it has a number of benefits for fertilizing your plants. While we do sell our extra worm castings, it is something you can also do yourself. Since we live in the middle of a National Forest in Florida, fishing is also very popular. So gardens and fishing bait… why not? Below and in the video above, we will explain how we prepped our worm bedding for our first batch of worms.
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Anthracnose, Treatment and Prevention

What it is

Fungus that can infect most plants, vegetables, fruits and trees. Causes dark leasions on every part of a plant and will spread with water.

Prevention

Do not water from overhead and keep fruits and vegetables off of soil.

Treatment

Destroy infected plants or prune out the infected parts of the plant. A copper based fungicide may help but can kill microbes.

Beneficial Garden Insects

While there are a lot of insects that can and will hurt your garden plants, there are also insects that can be beneficial to your plants. Attracting these insects will help to protect your plants from harmful insects and cause your garden to thrive.
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Basil, Growing Guide

Very bushy and leafy plant that is easy to grow and used in Italian meals. Only grows in the summer. The most commonly known variety is Sweet Basil.

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Cilantro, Growing Guide

A fast-growing herb that grows in the spring and fall during the cooler months. In the summer it will still grow but will be very bitter. Can be self-seeding if allowed to. The entire plant is edible and is used in many different recipes. The seeds (coriander) can also be harvested for use in recipes or replanting.

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Parsley, Growing Guide

Biennial plant, similar to dill. Used in garnishes, soups, sauces, salads rich in vitamins such as iron, A and C. Using parsley in dishes also reduces the need for salting.

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