[From 18-Apr-2013] Greens from the unheated greenhouse, grown in the subzero cold, tossed on one of the majestic mountain ranges of composting cow manure. It's actually weeds from around the overwintered spinach, plus a little overlooked rotting winter squash in there as well, if … [Read more...] about Weeded greens
Back to cold and wet, with a bit of snow... Today was an interesting first in my brief tiny farming career: compost on skids! Fertility delivered! How convenient... This is about 5.5 tons (5,000kg) of fully composted, certified organic cow and sheep manure (half and half). … [Read more...] about Different kind of compost heap
Winters on the tiny farm have always been a time for research and a bit of book learning. My first two seasons were crazy for reading, especially the winter before Year 1, when I had four months to pick up enough, from zero knowledge, using books and the Net, to map out the … [Read more...] about Hitting the books: Composting!
The deluxe outhouse—deluxe because this converted ice fishing hut houses a slick new composting toilet—has been sitting out in the field for a month now, nestled behind the drive shed, just inside the gate at the top of the market garden field. It's all clean and shipshape, but … [Read more...] about Outhouse deluxe in action
Sorting and packing after harvest—post-harvest processing!—is in good part a wet job, made a lot messier in rainy weather when root crops come in with a load of mud attached. Once again this season, the main work surface for sorting is a 4'x8' sheet of plywood set on sawhorses. … [Read more...] about Post-harvest aftermath