This beautiful process must occur
during the fall before the
trees shut down for the season. As a matter of fact, because
of the lack of sunlight during the fall, most trees drop their leaves because they can’t get enough water for what they would lose
through the leaves. If the leaves did not fall, the plant could not seal
those small apertures where the leaves are grown and it would mean
certain death for big trees.
Despite this rest period for the
bigger trees, most of our
favorite vegetable crops come into season because of the
lack of heavy sunlight. Therefore, this is the time when we, backyard
farmers, begin sowing our favorite seedlings.
Now there are certain
traditions I follow when planting seeds. For instance, I will only
sow seeds during the full moon and that is because you get a greater
yield. It could be a folk tale but I believe in the old ways, and I know
my ancestors didn’t just make this one up. It was brought about through
trial and error, and stayed with us throughout the years.
So take note that the next full moon is September 19th. I know many farmers don’t believe
but I am a firm believer in Celestial planting. My mother did, and
so did my father, and I will carry those traditions with me.
I am also excited because now that fall is upon us, I will commence sharing my thoughts on farming again. I'll get back to giving you information on how to grow, things we should be applying to our gardens, as
well as what is happening in the world today, when it comes to
agriculture on a whole.
As one of the very few young men that
farm for a living in this
country, my input is just as important as the large-scale
farmers. Since I represent the Backyard Farmers Community on my
island, it is only right that I share my experiences for all to learn by.
This week, The Grand Bahama Backyard Farmers Community is proud to
release our Almanac listing.
Almanac for the Month of September are tomatoes, lettuce, radish, spinach, squash, turnips, cabbage, cucumbers,
cauliflower, celery, endives, leeks, potatoes and Kohl Rabi are some of
my favorites plants to grow this year in this season.
Why not try growing
your own food for a change? "Grow
Food - Not Lawns" that should be a law and try as best as you can to
sow 'organic seeds', as they are much healthier for us, and the planet. Read
your labels. if it doesn't state organic, don’t buy it. As consumers, we have a say and can cause affect
the market. We need to preserve natural /organic seeds
because undoubtedly organic foods will make our children
healthier and keep them free from genetically engineered organisms.
Let’s start a Grow Revolution this season and I promise to
some of my expertise with you. I feel this season could be, the best yet!
About the Author:
Luckner Timothee is a backyard Farmer in Grand Bahama since starting
his garden a few years ago he has wooed his friends with his produce and
creative farming ideas. He continually learns from his friends and
family about the process of farming and the struggles that a farmer goes
through daily. He is now working on a Web show called “Let’s Grow
Bahamas” to be released on “Grand Bahama Backyard Farmers”. He is
attending seminars in order to meet other farmers around the world and
to further his knowledge about Farming. To contact Luckner Timothee
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