It's break week!
While our members won't be receiving a box this week - that doesn't mean we won't be working hard on the farm during our second biggest planting week of the season.
So what will we be doing on break week?
We will be getting scallions, lettuce, celery leaf, parsley, fennel, dill, beets, cilantro in the ground.
Cold stratification of our elderberry seeds (the process by which you mimic winter in your fridge by placing moistened seeds in the soil in a Ziploc for up to 120 days) we will be starting red, blue, and purple varieties.
Starting our culinary and medicinal herb garden will help our flock and our soils stay healthy.
Basil, Sweet Lettuce Leaf (Ocimum basilicum)
Burdock, Gobo (Arctium lappa)
Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
Chamomile, German (Matricaria recutita)
Cilantro/Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)
Dill, Bouquet (Anethum graveolens)
Elecampane, Official (Inula helenium)
Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis)
Flax, Brown (Linum usitatissimum)
Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
Marjoram, Sweet (Origanum majorana)
Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis)
Motherwort, Official (Leonurus cardiaca)
Nettles, Stinging (Urtica dioica)
Oregano, Greek (Origanum heracleoticum)
Parsley, Italian (Petroselinum crispum)
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
Sage, Garden (Salvia officinalis)
Savory, Lemon (Satureja montana var. citriodora)
Savory, Summer (Satureja hortensis)
Savory, Winter Purple (Satureja montana ssp. illyrica)
Tarragon, Russian (Artemisia dracunculoide)
Tulsi, Temperate aka Holy Basil (Ocimum africanum)
Valerian, Official (Valeriana officinalis)
Wood Betony (Stachys officinalis)
Yarrow, Official (Achillea millefolium)
With the possibility of rain, we will focus on getting as many plants in the ground as possible to take advantage of the free irrigation.
We will also be prepping beds for spring by raising our beds. How do we do this? We throw dirt from the walkways onto the beds by driving our angled plow down the walkways between the beds. This raising process allows the beds to dry out more quickly in the spring, meaning we can plant earlier and with better aeration.
In beds that we won't be using for fall or winter crops - we will be planting a thick cover crop to reduce winter erosion and help build and maintain soil life/structure. The cover crop will also be a source of foraging for our spring flock rotation and comprise a grass, a legume, a root, and mustard greens.
Our new plants will be cultivated for the first time - helping reduce weed pressure throughout the plants' life.
We will continue to prep beds for fall and spring and be tarping over weedy fields to occulate over the winter.
Broadforking will be the name of the game to help introduce air and water deeper into the soil profile without destroying the soils' structure.
Construction time! we have equipment that needs to be assembled, including:
Baby Leaf Harvester
CFT Worm Bin
We will also be introducing our flock to pasture for the very first time!
Harvesting for market! It is also Mike's birthday!!!!!!