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10 Steps to a successful Vegetable Garden

Step 1 - Make good use of your location

Step 2 - Plan your garden layout

Step 3 - Grow recommended varieties 

Step 4 - Obtain good seeds, plants, equipment and supplies 

Step 5 - Prepare & care for soil properly

Step 6 - Plant vegetables properly

Step 7 - Keep weeds at bay

Step 8 - Control Pests

Step 9 - Water Properly 

Step 10 - Harvest at peak quality 

Don't worry about steps 1- 6. We took care of those for you! Steps 7 - 10 are up to you but here are some tips!

Water Properly

Your raised bed is equipped with a drip irrigation line that controls the flow of water to your plants. Plants need dry and wet cycles to mature. Do not overwater or let the soil completely dry out. Vegetables need a constant source of moisture to maximize their yield.

Harvest

Kalikalé provides you with a vegetable schedule for you to follow. Allow your plants to fully mature before harvesting. Snap a photo and send it to us if you're not sure when they are ready. We'll reply same day!

Pest Control

Garden pests are a symptom of weak & diseased plants or soil imbalances. Your garden has strong seedlings and premium soil mix. Still, nature has it's way!

To locate and mitigate any pest damage, closely observe your plants, check the stems and underside of leaves. If plants appear damaged or you notice something off, snap a photo and send it to KaliKalé. We will help you identify the pest and offer up solutions. 

Prepare for Winter

Your raised vegetable bed is built to last multiple seasons. Covering your bed with a tarp or mulch in the winter is a simple way of helping it last through the harsh midwest weather. Contact us for more information on Winterizing your garden.

Chicken Coop

Care & Maintenance

Keeping chickens is really quite easy, so long as you have all the equipment, know what to expect and aren't afraid to get up close and personal with these delightful feathered friends. This being said, it's only natural to suddenly feel your brain being inundated with questions and concerns - "what do chickens eat?", "where do I keep them", "what do you mean there're different breeds of chickens?" That's why we have prepared this quick chicken reference guide. 

Build a Chicken Run

Weather permitting, allow your chickens outside the coop at least a couple hours a day in a homemade run using temporary fencing and stakes. Chickens like routine (like us!). However it fits into your schedule, letting your birds free will keep them healthy, happy and give them access to free salad and bugs which make your eggs better and more nutritious. Try Rotating them around your lawn, giving them fresh grass to eat while organically fertilizing different parts of your garden!

Water & Food

Water needs to be provided at all times! Chickens drink every 15 minutes, it helps them breathe. A water heater is necessary in winter months. Keep water off the ground, hang it, to keep it clean. Replace water when it gets dirty. We recommend pre-mixed feed with seed, protein and fiber for the healthiest flock. You can purchase at many bird feed supply stores around Chicagoland. Your flock will start laying after 6 months of age. They will lay an average of 1 egg per day each, but in winter months chickens will molt and stop laying.

Pests & Preditors

Do not overfeed, it will attract pests. Chickens bathe in soil to remove mites, allow them to do so by creating a run. We will build your coop on a raised deck to ensure pests cannot tunnel and enter the coop from below. Common local predators for chickens include: hawks, raccoons, opossums, stray cats, foxes and coyotes. If these live in your area keep an eye out for their patterns and behavior and make sure chickens are cooped up for their safety. 

Care & Maintenance

Your chicken coop is built to last multiple seasons. Your chickens will lay for up to 3 seasons per year and have a lifespan of 5 - 7 years. ​If you have any questions about your coop, your chickens or winter care, please reach out to our professional growing team and we will be happy to assist you! Thank you and Happy Growing!