So I promised myself that when I started to post these updates I would do so at a semi-regular consistency. Nothing bugs me more than out of date websites or blog posts that just kind of pop up every once in a while. Here I am, a month without a post.
Anyway, this is actually serving a purpose beyond keeping you in the know about what is happening on the farm. I am a notoriously HORRIBLE note taker. I never write anything down. Ever. So I figured it would be good for me to write some stuff down so I can look back later, you know, like an organized person.
Last time I posted was April 30th. We had just got the garden tilled up. – – –
If you have ever put trowel to soil you are aware that weeds can be the bain of your existence if not dealt with in a timely manner. Weeds do a few things in our world: not only do they rob nutrient and sun from our crops, but they also make packaging a living nightmare. Unless you like grass in your lettuce, I can totally leave them in there? So we employ a few strategies to deal with weeds from the start. The most visible is tarps:
We have tarped about half of the garden to “solarize” any grass or weeds that may have wanted to grow even after we tilled. It has done a marvelous job despite it being an temporary eye sore.
Being that we received near 40″ of snow in April we were quite a bit behind schedule and planted a few beds just to see how they would fair. Well, they are a weedy mess so we’ll pull what we can from those beds and them tarp them for a few weeks as well.
Beyond weeds we needed to add some fertility. The ground was nice and fluffy after it was tilled but once it rained it turned into hardened concrete. We needed organic material in the soil…BAD. So we hired a trucking service to bring us 18 tons of compost:
I was too busy wheel barrowing countless loads from the pile to the beds to get any action shots of that activity but what we did was add 3″ of compost right on the beds after flame weeding the first flush of weeds:
You can see the furrows from the planter in the compost. It makes an excellent seed bed. It holds moisture like a sponge so it never gets crusty on the top even when it’s dry. We’ll eventually work this in a just a little, but will never deep till it as to not bring up any weed seeds.
That about covers most of what has been going on. Oh, I have been setting up some infrastructure pieces that I will post later….hopefully not a month. 🙂