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Friday, March 28, 2008

There's a disc in your field

Yesterday the neighbor finally showed up to disc our side yard/field. It wasn't easy. He had a tough time getting the ground to break.
discing
And after it was all said and done, it was only 3 inches deep. We are looking at renting something to get it deeper.

We are a week late, but it is finished. My potatoes are in the ground! And as soon as I can get this side yard/field prepped, all my cool weather stuff can go in and I can have a small break before the summer stuff goes in. No, I will not discuss weeding at this time. I want to forget that for a moment, and feel some sense of accomplishment.

7 comments:

alrescate said...

Well on the plus side, that spot will be easier to work next year.

Stephanie said...

We dont even have a tiller yet but its been way too wet here to do anything but Im still not looking forward to that expense at all.

Renee said...

Congrats on checking something off your list! I am halfway through my potatoes-in-tires experiment. I had no idea a few seed potatoes go such a long way. I was thinking five tires, but I actually need to plant them in ten... They better be yummy after this work!

Valerie said...

I am suppose to get a new spot plowed up tomorrow if it doesn't rain. I am very excited.

lisa said...

Congratulations! LOVE the new header pic, BTW! As for those pesky "W's"...I just got home from a gardening conference where this guy was talking about no-till raised beds for veggies. He said just lay down cardboard, top it with a layer of wood chips (free from most counties), then a layer of dirt, then some compost (ideally), and plant! If weeds come up, cover them with a piece of cardboard topped by wood chips and fageddaboutit! Appeals to my lazy impulses for sure, and the layering goes on in fall and spring with more organic stuff...seemed to work great for him. Eventually you build up a lot of microbes in the soil to prevent disease, and you even use the dead plant material as compost at the end of the year, too. He said the soil's micro-health eliminates the need for crop rotation as well. He has a blog too, here. (He never updated to beta, and posts are old, but good ideas.) He said this way of gardening uses much less water by being carbon-rich, since carbon molecules attract water molecules. Anyhow, just FYI...can you tell I learned a lot and had a good time? :)

lisa said...

Oops! That link is just to the illustration, his blog is here. Not enough pictures of the no-till technique he was teaching in class, but hopefully he'll update and remedy that. He was also using white plastic barrels, cut in half, as mini greenhouses. Said he got them free at a local dairy-they held milk line cleaner. He also used big bags from the farm co-op that used to hold seed as raised planters, and used the same layering method to fill them. The plants were growing like crazy...very creative uses for free items!

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