A Love Passed Along
The 118 acres of Rosewind Farm were first settled in the 1850s and have been in the Oster family since 1941.
Abandoned and derelict when they purchased it, the farm was transformed into a highly productive acreage for dairy and beef cattle by George and Lucille Oster with their use of pioneering conservation and sustainable farming practices.
Their love of nature meant that natural areas were also preserved, with many native Indiana trees, shrubs, flowers, birds, and wildlife populating the farm. Of course, there was always a large vegetable garden and plenty of both wild and tended fruits growing on the farm, too. No matter how long the hours they worked on the farm and in producing and preserving their own food, the flower gardens grew larger every year as well.
Not only did I, their daughter Maggie, inherit the farm from my parents but also their love of the land, nature, and gardening. It is now my responsibility to carry on in their footsteps, maintaining the health of the soil and preserving a way of life that is challenging but also immeasurably satisfying.
Interested in Green Gardening? These tips from Planet Green are sure to help you get started.
Keep it real
You know what they say about Mother knowing best? Well, Mother Nature never needed to steal sips from a chemical cocktail of pesticides, weed killers, and chemical fertilizers to keep her act together. Nix the poisons and layer on some all-natural compost, instead. Call in beneficial insect reinforcements to wrestle pesky garden pests to the ground. Who needs to play Command & Conquer when you have battlefield drama unfolding before you in real time?
Make compost from kitchen scraps
Compost like a champ by throwing in your vegetable waste, instead of allowing it to be trucked off to the landfill. Known as "gardener's gold," compost enriches soil fertility by giving it a shot of high-powered, plant-loving nutrients. Aside from stimulating healthy root development, the addition of rich and earthy compost also improves soil texture, aeration, and water retention. Why waste your hard-earned cash on commercial products when the real deal is free for the taking? Speed up the process with the help of earthworms or go wriggle-free (if you're the squeamish sort).