Greg Miller of Picked at Perfection just put in a new Pocket Garden at the O. J. Semmes Elementary School.
Greg does Harvest 4 Health tours of his urban farm and garden in East Hill to inspire others in the local community of Pensacola to grow their own food and live a more abundant life style. Picked at Perfection is about making the healthy choice the easy choice! Be sure to Follow Subscribe to Picked at Perfection for more content in the future!
Invisible helpers are everywhere in the soil, air, and water. We actually depend on healthy microbes for our very existence. When you build a natural system for composting raw materials into nutrients for growing food, you have given life back to the garden’s environment by adding living top soil, which ideally should be full of beneficial fungus, bacteria, and other decomposers. These Invisible warriors help keep roots protected from harmful invaders, and add probiotics to the food you grow.
Kai: Permaculture recycles everything, just the way nature intended! With all of the laying birds in the family, it’s important for them to get their calcium, and although there are many products one can buy for this, we like to reuse our chickens and quails own eggshells. We simply toast the empty shells in the oven and blenderize to a powder which is added to the bird’s food. I even use it for my parakeets.
Kai: Our family discontinued the use of many chemical cleaners nearly ten years ago when we started keeping birds. We had always stayed away from many toxic household products, but we ditched the last few by the time I got my first parrot.
Kai: I have never been a fan of buying premade pet foods. We like to keep everyone’s diets clean in this household, yet pre-packaged organic products can be expensive. However, having a garden has made this a lot easier – as well as the “co-op” between animal and permaculture systems. Our hens eat greens and veggies from the garden, while our dog and cat benefit from their eggs! The chickens also receive feeder fish from our aquaculture, and worms from our earthworm farm. Our turtles also get fish, but the majority of their diet are the pests in the garden!
This is Greg Miller’s first pocket garden install. Greg does weekly Harvest 4 Health tours of his urban farm and garden to inspire others in the local community of Pensacola to grow their own food and live a more abundant life style. Picked at Perfection is about making the healthy choice the easy choice!
Last year we got serious with growing our own food, and this year, we’re finally starting to see lot more production in our plants after learning a lot through trial and error. Growing food is so important right now, it’s empowering in these times of uncertainty, especially with concerns of supply-chain issues.