Greetings from Sycamore Gardens!
Bob and I appreciate your interest. We thought you might like to know a little about us. We’re sailors who ran hard aground in Gadsden County in 1983. We bought land in Sycamore and built a small pole house and eventually raised a small family, Tim and Martha. We occasionally do get back to the boat for a change of scenery.
We have always been reluctant to call this “our land” since we’ve always felt that it is God’s, and we are only the stewards. Our goal is to leave it better than we found it by enriching the soil, planting trees, gardening and lovingly tending it. It sounds poetic, but it really is a lot of hard work.
Purposeful labor has filled our lives with many simple pleasures. Bob forks tons upon tons of organic material and I plant, cook and preserve. We had a herd of cows for many years and felt truly wealthy with all that manure at our fingertips. Our intensive beds are now deep and black with all the organic material that we have put into it since the beginning. Our latest craze is raising earthworms, and they look very promising so far. Our gardens have fed us well for 25 years, and many meals we sit down to are nearly 100% home grown. We are truly blessed.
Besides enjoying the delicious fresh fruit and vegetables we raise, we are grateful that we can spend most of our time out here in the country doing what we enjoy most–working in the garden and getting fresh air, sunshine and exercise. Gardening is addictive and we recommend it to everyone.
In addition to physical labor, a lot of planning and thought goes into the entire process. We are not tractor farmers and our gardens are small. We will never be big. The tool Lesa uses most is a hand trowel! Using the French Intensive System, we try to keep every square inch of space planted and producing. Every bed has a cloche cover to protect it from the deer and armadillos, except for the garlic. Deer don’t like garlic, so we have a lot of that!
Unfortunately, there are no guarantees in agriculture. Some crops do well and others not so well due to variables in weather and pest problems. If there is something you would like us to grow for you, let us know. Our phone is (850) 442-6510 and we will be glad to hear from you any day except Saturday.
We will keep you posted when new crops are available. Thank you for supporting community agriculture!
Bob & Lesa