The weather is warm, the days still feel long (although, at 5:00 a.m. for Saturday market, I'm already waking up in the dark)—summer is in full effect, but you know the season's soon changing because the field is clearing out. Today, I did some tilling, cleaning up before weeds … [Read more...] about Garden in transition
Tilling in the monster oats green manure/cover crop is a task where the Kubota compact tractor sure comes in handy. The oats is tall, dense and seemingly unstoppable by cold. It took a double mowing to get it down to a manageable state, and even then, it's a slow till. The … [Read more...] about At the wheel
A steady harvest through a warm, hazy afternoon wound up quite early, with just about everything sorted, rinsed and bunched or bagged by around 8:30 pm. Smooth! The end-of-season crew has settled down to Jo, Lynn, Conall and me. Here, Jo and Lynn are harvesting a sparsely … [Read more...] about Autumn harvest action!
Where the oats arrived with a dramatic, iridescent splash of green, the fall rye made a much more sedate entrance, so much so that I didn't notice it until today. It probably emerged a couple of days ago. It's looking great! I dunno why I'm so extremely pleased by these green … [Read more...] about Rye arrives!
With the oats experiment going good all around the field, it's time for experimental green manure-cover crop #2, fall rye (starts and grows well in cool weather). Reading about cover crops online, I found one apparently popular method for seeding 'em is..."airplane". I use the … [Read more...] about Trying fall rye