Had the downloaded digital version of this book since the 2nd edition, for at least a couple of years now, dipped into it, but still haven't read it through. I should and I will. This winter! The 3rd edition of Building Soils for Better Crops: Sustainable Soil Management came out … [Read more...] about Building Soils for Better Crops
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!
A satisfying few hours today, spreading year-old cow manure on the market garden. Bob and the old White 70hp handled the spreader (and you can see a rock picker attached in front!). I used the Kubota compact tractor to fill from the aging pile in the yard outside the loafing … [Read more...] about Manure spreading action!
Steeping compost in water is all it takes to come up with a healthy batch of...compost tea. Here we've taken some composted cow manure and let it sit in a 55-gallon barrel of water for a few days. There are different methods, ingredients, and all kinds of other details about … [Read more...] about A spot of tea…