When I first started my job here at Polyface there were a couple things in the garden that Joel really wanted to see utilized. One of which was the floating garden that is in one of the ponds here on the farm. I was kind of skeptical of how things would grow on it, but I am really glad that I tried it because I have been pleasantly surprised. In March I planted it with broccoli and cabbage plants.
The floating garden has several things that make it really interesting. For the construction it is exactly what it looks like, PVC pipe tied together with compost on top. It sits low enough in the water and the cracks are just big enough between the pipe that I never have to water it. I planted some broccoli and cabbage in the ground and the worms found it right way but the floating bed was just about pest free. When I plant it in the fall I am going to watch and see, but I think that things should be able to grow a little bit longer because the water temperature will take a little longer to reach the air temperature and therefore act as a little micro climate for whatever I plant on the bed. It is also great for the fish because when it is out on the pond it provides shade for them in the summer. Of course the fish make it great for the plants too. I am sure that there are many other benefits about the floating garden that I don’t know about but these are some of the ones that Joel told me and that I have noticed myself.Last week I was excited to see little broccoli heads and on Tuesday I picked my first broccoli of the year!