Field to go

Prepping the field

Here’s the new field, in various states of readiness. Up front, it’s only been plowed and disked, with big hunks of sod waiting to be busted up. Further off, the trusty Kubota compact tractor has done its thing with a 48″ rototiller, and the ground is nearly ready to go. This time around, more or less everything that’s early and direct seeded will go in at once, including a first planting of PEAS. New year, new garden—it will be interesting.

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31 Responses to “Field to go”

  1. Kevin says:

    *jealousy*  I’m too cheap to buy a rototiller for the tractor.  Can I borrow yours when you get done? :)

  2. Robert says:

    You shouldn’t have trouble with any diseases for a while in that field.

  3. The vista looks wonderful!  Nice place to work.  How are you finding the soil?  Adequate?  Heavy?  Light?

  4. Roxanne says:

    Looks great! It’s been really dry in the maritimes, so we’ve been happy to get a little moisture for our extra-early plantings. Watch out for wireworm in fresh-broken sod!

  5. Lova A. says:

    It looks real nice. Good to see you are going even bigger this year! I can’t wait to start seeding at our place too!

  6. There are few things more delicious that a freshly plowed field!  Please post pics of your new field as you crop comes up!

  7. Teresa says:

    I am so jealous of the rototiller, as I am still using a small hand tiller.  It looks pretty good for a new field.  You have a beautiful work area.

  8. Bert says:

    I’ve just started following your great blog. We have a 80 by 80 foot garden in Norfolk County, Ontario. Growing is pretty much experimental for we escape from the city to our patch of ground with little experience. Some of the garden is tilled, peas are in and we’re trying to establish an asparagus bed from seed and root. Looking forward to this season and following your blog. Happy Earth Day.

  9. Edie Frederick says:

    I am reminded of a spring plowing scene in Bavaria — as we rounded a country corner in our little MGA — there was a farmer with a black team plowing over black soil — and both the horses and the warm field were steaming in the brisk morning air.

  10. Liz says:

    Gosh – that’s a lot of field to get ready! Good luck!

  11. Laura says:

    I love the look of a ploughed field–it’s so full of promise! :)

  12. Oh I love peas. I haven’t grown them in years though as we don’t have enough garden space. We do have broccoli, cauliflower, onions, potatoes, and lettuce so far.

  13. Julia says:

    I’ve just stumbled onto your site.  How exciting – and what I would love to have.  An allotment on a massive scale :)  I’m looking forward to reading back through your posts!

  14. Kevin says:

    Hey, sorry to bug you, but can you tell me what you called those scraggly looking leaves that grow on top of the garlic plant that are kind of corkscrew shaped and edible?  I want to re-read your post about them and find out how to eat them.  We have some on our garlic for the first time.  And I’m hungry :).

  15. Lova A. says:

    Kevin: I think you are talking about garlic scapes.

  16. Kevin P says:

    Lova’s got it, you must be describing scapes.  Remove them as they straighten out, throw them in a pan with some butter and saute for a few minutes.  Delish.

  17. WHATUPDUCK says:

    Your gardens are looking great!!

  18. Kevin says:

    Yes, thanks, Love A!

  19. Leanne says:

    I’m impressed!
    We’re still busy sheet mulching for our veggie plot, and getting a list of fruit trees we want together, before ordering.
    I’m looking forward to watching everything grow in your field :-)

  20. Daniel says:

    I might live in the city but i still have quite the garden. It’s not as hard as you might think too, you can follow these easy steps and you can be growing some of your own food in no time!

  21. Jessica says:

    Hello.  I just found your blog after doing a google search for answers to why my up until now beautiful eggplant seedlings are turning yellow.  While the search that lead me here didn’t come up with any answers (if anyone knows about why my eggplants are turning yellow, lemme know!  lol), it did lead me to your blog which is awesome because THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I WANT TO DO!!  Have a tiny farm!   Right now my VERY tiny farm consists of my suburban Chicago yard as well as a garden I’m doing in the parking lot of a restaurant.  It looks like you have lots of good info here to help me along as I try to figure out what I’m doing.  And, you’re almost in the same zone as me!  Awesome!  :)

  22. Hayley says:

    Mr. and I have been thinking about getting a farm… The concept of the Micro Farm is wonderful!  I will be following along… Good luck on the new harvest!

  23. Dru & Ed says:

    Love your website and your farm…looking forward to many updates…  thanks for sharing… 

    Ed & Dru O’Brien,
    San Clemente, CA

  24. heidi says:

    mike, how are you?! hope the new farm is doing well – looking forward, as always, to reading all about it.
    thought i’d let you know my husband and i opened a green store (eco friendly products) in fenelon! … come visit sometime. all the best this season.

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  26. Marc O. says:

    Great site! And I can’t wait to see how this field turns out.

  27. Looks primed and ready for planting! I have to get my garden going already….maybe some tomatoes.

  28. Dave says:

    The field looks good! You deserve a nice cup of coffee!

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  30. Clint Sidney says:

    Great farm!

  31. gavin says:

    a completely different question , how many liters of water does it take too produce a kg of herbs, carrots?

  32. Mike (tfb) says:

    Gavin: To get a really rough idea, you could use the rule-of-thumb ideal of 1″ (2.5 cm) of water per week for garden vegetables, figure out the yield by area planted, and factor in the days-to-maturity. For example, you could probably grow 1kg (2.2 lbs) of carrots by intensively planting in 1 sq ft, in a minimum 10-12 weeks for a quick maturing variety. So that’d be 10-12″ of water over a sq ft. Convert from there!

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