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Designing A Suburban Farm

Yummy Tummy Farms (we) design, vision, and progress are growing in measured steps. Recently, we completed the organic enrichment of the soil in the four redwood raised beds using a formula for our growing medium of 50% mushroom compost, 30% native soil, 10% organic bagged soil, and 10% worm castings. We also infused the raised beds with a significant amount of red worms that are especially adept at composting via worm castings. Over the past month, we have been watering the beds with a worm tea for extra insurance towards growing success via increasing healthy soil.

Yummy Tummy Farms has plants growing everywhere covering all parts of the quarter acre lot; therefore, anything to make the growing process less manually labor intensive is worth considering. In the picture below, you can see a full raised bed covered by biodegradable weed fabric and the drip irrigation main line with complete with individual shut-off valves. The idea in designing the farm was to make the front yard as turnkey as possible meaning anybody could water anytime with minimal or no supervision and/or explanation.

The positioning of the raised garden beds was a very important consideration in the planning and installation process. I needed to ensure that the raised beds were all facing the southern skyline, wherein the 12 foot run of the raised beds were orientated to the north south direction, to ensure maximum all day full sun exposure. When we get ready to plant it will be important to plant the tallest plants in the northernmost part of the raised beds so that the tallest plants do not grow so tall as to cast a large shadow and block the sun from shining on the rest of the plants in the raised beds. Next to super healthy soil and hydration, sun exposure is a farm’s limiting factor as to what will grow well and what plants will not grow well.

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