No, we are not all dead and gone!

The past few months have been a whirlwind.  Way, way, way too much to do and too little time to do it in.  Between the farm and school (and this week house/critter sitting for two different families) I have not taken the time to update this journal.  Bad me!

Everything is going okay.  Constantly it feels like I am struggling through an uphill current trying to make any progress here.  I guess that’s the way it is when you try to go against the current doing things differently than others.  I look at pictures of vegetables planted conventionally in fields (even in organic production) and I do not like the look of it.  Things growing in my raised beds are much more appealing to me.  I can control the soil structure and moisture levels so much better than you can in a field.  Planting intensively (using biointensive spacing) in a triangular pattern helps keep the weeds down and the moisture in.  It takes more time to plant this way, but you virtually have to do no weeding and what weeds do grow, are spindly and pull out easier.  This goes even for Bermuda grass which can be very difficult to get out of a bed.

I’ll try to take some pictures today of what our raised bed garden looks like now.  I now have 24 raised beds (hopefully I can convince Wally to let me have more built).  Not all of them are being planted in, several are being used to compost rabbit manure for future planting.

We gave up on trying to tame rows out of the back pasture using a push tiller.  The native grasses and weeds are simply too permanently installed there.  We will need to hire someone to till it once with a tractor, then plant cover crops and go from there.  The problem is getting someone here with a tractor to do it.  Hopefully we can get through that roadblock.  We also need someone with a tractor to bush hog the cow pasture.  One day we will have our own tractor … then the problem is keeping Wally from overusing it. <smile>

Well, I should not have spent so much time on the computer this morning because I have a boatload of things to get done today so I best get going.  I am really glad, so far, it has not been too awfully hot.  We’ve had our air conditioning on maybe six days so far this year.  That is a good thing!

Until later …

One Reply to “No, we are not all dead and gone!”

  1. Love your writing and farming philosophies. Don’t give up on planting your field. Sheet mulch your growing area as thickly as possible, and let that do the work. I have been taking horribly overgrown ground and thin soiled areas and reclaiming in this way. I have used the bedding and manure from our horses, cows and goats and just piled it on wherever I wanted to grow in the future and then let it rot. When you are ready to plant, just push that composted mulch aside and there lies your new fresh dark soil.

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