1 Ever since I bought this farm, the vegetable garden has always been inside this fenced-in area. It seemed like a logical place because of its proximity to the greenhouse.
2 However, growing vegetables here has been problematic, mostly because of.....
3 This horrible bug, Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa, commonly known as the European mole cricket. This menace is wide-spread in Europe and now has a strong presence in the eastern United States.
4 The shovel-like forelegs on this two-inch-long bug are uniquely adapted for digging, allowing it to tunnel through the soil. Mole crickets make extensive tunnels in the ground, boring holes through roots and tubers.
5 Although they feed primarily on other insects and earthworms, their tunneling is very disruptive to root systems, not to mention the giant holes they make in root crops, like potatoes.
6 Our attempts of eradicating these mole crickets using organic solutions has proved ineffective, so we're moving the vegetable garden to an area of the farm where no mole crickets have been seen.
7 That area happens to be adjacent to the chicken coops, another fenced in area that has been called the cutting garden.
8 With 120-plus pecking chickens and a flock of bug-hungry guinea fowl, I should think that a mole cricket wouldn't last too long around here.
9 Wilmer prepared for the big garden swap by rototilling the old vegetable garden.
10 After years of growing vegetables here, this soil is very fertile and quite rich in organic composted material.
11 The next step was to create a grid, marking out the new flower beds. This entailed a lot of careful measuring.
12 Rather than disrupt the rhubarb, a perennial which is emerging from the soil, we decided to keep it right where it's been for all of these years.
13 The same holds true for the rows of tender asparagus.
14 And also for a row of horseradish root.
15 This section of the old cutting garden was planted with hundreds of lilies. Years ago, the pathways were lined with a mesh weed barrier. By pulling up the mesh, it was easy for the guys to determine exactly where the flower beds were located.
16 It was then possible to dig in the beds and unearth the lily bulbs. To keep the bulbs organized, Ryan instructed the crew to put all of the bulbs from each bed in a separate bin.
17 There were so many!
18 This is just one load of lily bulbs on its way to a new home.
19 These bulbs look quite plump and healthy. Let's hope they stay that way in their new garden.
20 When planning the new lily beds, Ryan laid out several bulbs and covered them with flowerpots to protect them from the drying sun.
21 When it was time for planting, Ryan moved the pot and bulb aside and dug a 6-inch-deep hole.
22 Feeding lily bulbs is important and he mixed blood meal with bone meal.
23 He scooped a bit into the hole.
24 He placed the lily in, growing tip up - root end down.
25 One down - many, many more to go!
26 Assembly line is the way to go!
27 And the lilies kept on coming!
28 Ryan continued to lay the bulbs out.
29 With so many to plant, it's good to have helping hands.
30 Marking around the bulb for the hole
31 A post-hole digger worked well.
32 A bit of that bone meal and blood meal mixture
33 Set the lilies and fill the holes
34 A view from above - This new flower bed measures 150-feet by 90-feet and already, it's planted with so many flowers!
35 Meanwhile, in what will be the new vegetable garden, Ryan amended the soil with azomite, potash, bone meal, blood meal, and lime.
36 Wilmer spread a thick layer of compost over the entire garden.
37 He then rototilled.
38 This soil is starting to look quite good. This new vegetable garden measures 102-feet by 66-feet.
39 Gyurme dug up the last of the perennials. These are clumps of peonies.
40 Those peonies and any remaining perennials are now part of the new flower bed.