The Sun, the soil and the water it needs

 

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Starts hot and then feels like fall, thanks August for messing with my emotions. 

August started off blazing and now it feels like that Fall crisp weather, at least in the mornings.  It’s still warm out there and September to October have often had some hot days of there own.  For the most part I am writing off this Summer and moving onto Fall.  There are days when you question the choices you have made in life.  Well, the first few weeks of August was filled with many of those days.  Time to regroup and move forward with planning a resilient farm in a world that will, most likely only get warmer.

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Some call it dirt, some call it soil – to a farmer it is life.

We utilize cover crops and add organic compost to our soil every season.  When prepping our beds we utilize a practice of minimal tillage, this prevents weed seeds getting tilled up from the depths.  This also helps to reduce the impact to the soil ecology by reducing compaction and minimizing disturbance below 2″.  We cover our beds with giant tarps when not in use to smother out weeds, giving our crops a better advantage and creating less work for ourselves.

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Di-hydrogen monoxide – an essential item needed when farming. 

H20 – chemically know as dihydrogen monoxide or better known as water, is the essential element needed to grow.  We use a combination of drip and overhead irrigation with micro sprinklers.  Our overhead water is as clean as it gets coming straight from our well.  We conserve water on our farm and reuse our grey water for perennial plants.  We have just excavated out our pond and are looking forward to greening up more of the property.  This will help with fire protection, growing more crops and providing forage for our livestock.

 

 

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