Just a few pics of some recent happenings on the farm.
Silver Hill Aquaponics is a family owned and operated farm producing organically grown vegetables, cut flowers, and herbs.
We also offer free range chicken and duck eggs in additions to farm tours and educational workshops.
Just a few pics of some recent happenings on the farm.
The swiss chard is growing fast! The fish are doing good and were getting ready to try a new crop of lettuce in the aquaponics system. It'll be an experiment, but we like trying new things!
We still have elderberry plants for sale for $5 per plant. Let us know if anyone is interested.
Here's today's haul from the garden! Anyone need some pickling cucumbers?
Moved the new chicks and duck outside also. We'll bring them back in tonight.
The dry weather seems to be affecting our elderberry production. Fewer and smaller berries this year.
Getting ready for the Intro to Home Aquaponics Con Ed workshop this Tuesday! Trying to do some last minute cleaning and organizing. Running a farm even part time is a full time job. There's always something to do.
Spent some time this weekend working in the aquaponics system, trellising grape vines and raspberry plants, and cutting and tettering hay. Still had time to give Raspy (the cat) a chin scratch.
Finally got our raspberry plants in the ground. Mmmmm!
If you're having problems with Colorado Potato Beetles or their near twin the False Colorado Potato Beetle, BT (bacillus thuringensis) is a good organic biocontrol to use. Just be careful not to spray on the flowers.
Spent some time yesterday cleaning out the greenhouse; pruning, and repotting some things. In the process, we took time to make the fairies feel welcome.
Just a few pics outlining our process for transplanting tomato plants into the garden.
We use a 16ft long cattle panel suspended on T-posts as a trellis. I use a garden fork to loosen up the soil under the trellis and then dig holes about 7in deep with post hole diggers along one side. About half a clenched handful of epsom salt and organic fertilizer in each hole before filling with water. And then we bury the seedling about two thirds the height of the plant deep.
That's all there is to it. The epsome salt (magnesium sulfate) helps to prevent blossum end rot and also helps with calcium uptake.
Spent Saturday morning selling American Elderberry plants in the parking lot at Tractor Supply in Lexington! It was great to meet some nice people with a passion for NC native plants and homesteading!
A lot can happen in ten minutes! Don't know what it is or where it came from, but it makes her happy!
New arrival this morning!
The pool is open!!
Been getting some speckled eggs out of the chicken tractor lately. Just figured out last night that they are turkey eggs! All we need now is a Chocalate Turkey Tom.
With our economy faltering and food shortages possibly looming, a growing amount of attention is being given to wild edibles. One such plant that tends to be very common in many Southern gardens is Lamb's Quarter; sometimes called wild spinach.
The taste is similar and it grows really quickly. And unlike spinach, it doesn't mind the summer heat. So, if you see this gift growing around the borders of your garden, pull a few leaves off and give it a try!
Anybody want to grow elderberry?
Silver Hill Aquaponics updated their phone number.
Ducks are a great form of biological control for many of the insect pests that plague our gardens each year. They eat beetles, slugs, moths, grub worms, and many other bad bugs.
The trick is to stay with them and keep them moving through the garden rather than just letting them hang out there. If allowed to loiter in the garden they will shred any green leafy crops that you have and will de-blossum plants before fruit has a chance to develop.
The added benefit is that they fertlize and aerate as they go, and they lay eggs for your table. Not a bad trade.
Phenology is the study of nature's calendar. Many older people use phenology to tell them when the best time to plant specific crops is. Here are a few that you may or may not know about.
Blooming daffodils signal the time to plant beets, carrots, and chard.
Wait until dandelions bloom before planting potatoes.
It's time to plant bush beans when apple trees bloom.
When apple blossums fall, plant pole beans and cucumbers.
Transplant tomatoes when lily of the valley is in full bloom.
Please share any others that you know about. Maybe some bits of wisdom from parents or grandparents.
It's not too late to sign up!
Whether you are new to gardening or have years of experience, we are confident that you'll take away some useful new skills or knowledge!
Our next class will be on March 22 (6-8pm) at Davidson Davie Community College and will focus on Sustainable Container and Raised Bed Gardening. In addition, we'll be talking about permaculture design, edible landscaping, and Hugel culture.
Hope to see you there!
Sustainable Agriculture Series
February 22 - October 25, 2022
Cost: $45.00 | Location: Davidson Campus Sinclair Building | Times: 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday’s
Join Lane Cox, owner of Silver Hill Aquaponics Farm, each month to learn about different areas of Sustainable Agriculture. Each month you will explore a different topic. You will learn about Spring & Fall vegetable gardens, Raised Bed Gardening, Backyard Chickens, Aquaponics, Food Storage & Canning, Raising Succulents and Soil care. Join us for 1 class or all classes for the same price. The first class will meet at the Davidson-Davie Community College Davidson Campus.
These are the classes and dates scheduled;
2/22 Spring Vegetable/Flower Garden
3/22 Container & Raised Bed Gardening
4/26 Backyard Chickens- Tractor Supply Lexington, NC
6/28 Introduction to Home Aquaponics- Silver Hill Aquaponics
7/26 Fall Vegetable Garden
8/23 Food Storage & Canning
10/25 Composting/Soil Care- Silver Hill Aquaponics
Have questions or need more information?
Contact Anna Hinkle at [email protected]
Tomorrow night kicks off the first class in a series of sustainable agriculture workshops that I will be teaching for Davidson-Davie Community College. Check out the college's web page for more information.
It's a great value at just $45 for the entire series of workshops which will last all year and include subjects like: composting, canning, aquaponics, raising chickens, and vegetable gardening.
I hope to see you there!
Join Lane Cox, owner of Silver Hill Aquaponics Farm, each month to learn about different areas of Sustainable Agriculture. Each month you will explore a different topic. You will learnRead More »
Spring is peeping out from around the corner, but we've still got a few weeks left before the garden springs to life. Enjoy these last few weeks before the busy-ness starts!
One of our young bulls was curious about the drone flying around the pasture and decided to investigate.
I wonder if he's thinking,
"That's the biggest fly that I've ever seen".
Farm planning for 2022 is in high gear here at Silver Hill Aquaponics! We're busy selecting seeds, mending fences, preparing soil, and making sure all the farm residents (2 and 4 legged) are in good health and ready for the new year!
A bird's eye view of Peace on the job guarding the kids. She is a blessing to us and a great asset on the farm. We wouldn't trade her for anything.
We are now taking orders for boston ferns in hanging baskets for Spring 2022. The price per fern will be $12.00. Ferns will be available for pick up the last week of April following the last frost.
Quantities are limited so order early.
Happy Independence Day turkeys!
Did you guys know that Benjamin Franklin wanted you to be the National Bird of the United States?
Now it's easier to send Silver Hill Aquaponics a message.
Anyone interested in getting started with chickens? Becoming more self sufficient is never a bad idea, especially in uncertain times like now.
We will be teaching a workshop on raising backyard chickens for DCCC on September 14 in Thomasville from 6-8:30pm. The cost is only $15 per person. We will be giving away a door prize!
Come get in on a great opportunity to learn all that you need about starting a backyard flock for meat and eggs. Hope to see you there!
Raising chickens in your backyard is one of the most practical ways to both cut your grocery bill and recycle. Chickens take our food scraps and turn them into delicious eggs for us to eat and fertilizer for our gardens. And they are just a joy to watch! In this class you will learn how […]
Pickling cucumbers are coming in nicely. The bees are doing a great job! Thank you Lord!
Kids waiting to get in the pool.
DIY Sustainable Gardening - Herb Gardening class being offered by Davidson County Community College on Monday June 22nd, from 6 to 8:30pm.
Only $15.00 per person. The class will cover the selection, propagation, and care of herbs for both culinary and health uses.
A great opportunity to learn more about sustainable gardening in this time when food security is a major concern. Hope to see you there!
Whether for culinary or homeopathic uses, fresh herbs can be a great thing to have around the house. In this class, we will show you how to start and grow your favorite herbs for use in your home; to include starting from seed and root and stem cuttings. We will also discuss some culinary and […]
Our sunflowers are blooming! We have orange and yellow varieties right now, and expect the plum, red, and white to start opening within the next week. Perfect for an early summer flower arrangement!
We also have blue and violet bachelor's buttons (cornflower) and calendula.
Sunflowers.....$1.00 per stem
Come cut your own or we can cut them for you!
Farming has many rewards.
Hanging out by the pool.
So happy to see these beauties.
Just found a hornet's nest in our plum tree. They got me three times before I could get away.
The plums sure are good though. I think it was worth it.
I think I'll make jelly.
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