Frequently Asked questions
How did you build your
The arched trellis consists of two 4'x15' hog wire panels side by side. They are bent over from one bed to the other, and secured by wiring to 3 T-posts on either side. Materials are available at Tractor Supply and most farm supply stores.
Winter squash, watermelon, tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, peas, and more all flourish on this trellis system. It provides great air flow, access for pollinators, and utilizes vertical growing space.
What are the containers in the arched trellis?
We use basic rain gutters to take advantage of the vertical space in the the archway. We drilled holes in the bottom to allow water to flow through and attached with 'S' hooks to the hog wire.
Bonus! When the trellis is covered in sun-loving plants in the summer, we are still able to grow plants beneath in the gutters that prefer more shade.
How large is your property?
Our entire lot is 6,000 square feet; 900 square feet of “river-friendly” and edible landscaping in the front, 2,000 square feet of water-permeable patio, edible and drought-tolerant landscaping, and most importantly 500 square feet of dedicated vegetable garden space.
In our vegetable garden, we have seven 4'x10' raised beds that we rotate crops through on a 3-year cycle.
When did you start your farm?
We bought our home in January of 2014 and broke ground on the vegetable garden that summer. After the raised beds were built we worked in the yard every season; tilling, amending soil, planting trees and drought tolerant plants, installing drip irrigation, building furniture, and finding other key pieces used. After the sectional, fire pit, pizza oven, and clawfoot tub went it, we put the pavers and rock in place for the patio.
How many varieties of fruits + vegetables do you grow?
We have 14 fruit trees, two avocados, a blood orange, fuyu persimmon, lime, Meyer lemon, nectarine, peach, two pomegranates, and multi-grafted cherry, apple, and pear.
The seven raised beds rotate crops seasonally. Some of the things we grow include herbs, hops, kale, Swiss chard, salad greens, cucumbers, peppers, peas, beans, tomatoes, berries, and more!
The rest of our landscape is drought tolerant and has edibles scattered throughout.
is your farm organic?
East Sac Farms is not certified organic but we only use organic, non-GM seeds, fertilizer, and sprays. We use crop rotation, integrated pest management, and our own compost.
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