Wild Farm – Episode 15

| July 30, 2012 | 9 Replies

Kaye visits organic, sustainable Wild Farm in Woodside, California on a windy day in late June, 2012. Owners, and master gardeners, sisters Lisa and Kathleen Putnam give Kaye a fast-paced tour of their large, family farm. Please watch here, or high quality on YouTube.

“Maxine the Chicken,” set to motion by Late Bloomer motion graphics wizard, Mika Tanisaki, makes her first appearance at the end. Maxine lays a lot of eggs, but sometimes she gets a little distracted and loses track of an egg.

There’s no way to do justice to Wild Farm’s orchard, large gardens, chicken run, compost and bee operation in a short episode, and there were whole sections of the garden we didn’t get to, but what you see will inspire, as it did me!

Lisa said she hand-watered her garden for two years, and she recommends hand-watering especially for beginning gardeners, as you really connect with your garden that way. I am hand-watering, but my garden is tiny by comparison. She also said it’s not too late for late bloomers to be successful gardeners, and to think big, especially about your soil food web.

I also got to see one of the beneficial insects they attract with their insectiary, a hover fly, and Kathleen showed me a leaf full of live aphids,

and a leaf full of dead aphids that the beneficials had gotten to.

You’ll hear in the episode that July is the month for coastal climate gardeners (like me) to seed for fall crops, so I better get started! She also recommended a complete resource for coastal gardeners, Golden Gate Gardening by Pam Peirce, which I am happily reading. Thanks for watching, and please share! – Kaye

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  1. oceannah says:

    I agree with handwatering…it is slower but isn’t that part of the magic of the garden? to slow down Lovely Kaye!!

    • Yes, Anna, thanks for writing. I’m debating on what to do going forward, as I do not have T-Tape irrigation, and you have to water every day here in summer (which means it’s hard to get away!).

  2. Oh how I would love to own more land and have a garden like that one! Someday we will find a deal on some acrage and snatch it up! For now though, seeing this made me want to figure out how to grow more stuff in the space I have!

  3. Reblogged this on latebloomershow and commented:

    If you haven’t seen Episode 15 of Late Bloomer, please watch! I get out of my little garden and visit a big garden! 🙂 Thanks!

  4. oh this was wonderful to watch. I’m a late arrival here on your blog so it’s the first episode I’ve watched. Well done.

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