2017 Week 31, Summer CSA Week 9 of 26
I hope you all are doing well. I managed to clean all of B rotation and install the zone two-row cover crop for next year, which is a big, exciting accomplishment: red clover down the middle, with berseem clover and spring barley broadcast throughout. The latter two crops will winterkill (die with the cold), having fixed nitrogen, absorbed excess nutrients, and held the soil for the winter; the red clover will overwinter, work on our soil compaction, provide ground cover and nitrogen fixation, and delineate two bare strips for planting next year. I rushed to get it in just as the lightning came with this last storm, which means this 1.6" was perfectly timed.
The short of all this work, especially after a first year of turning weedy, clay pasture into farm, is better, bigger crops from better soil.
I continue to tweak and overhaul all the crop plans for next year while they are fresh in my mind. Any thoughts you have -- aside from spinach in summer :) -- about duration, quantity, variety, etc. of crops, are much appreciated.
See you on the farm,
Tomatoes, Large & Small
Basil, Holy / Tulsi
*New This Week