At the Farm
By the time you read this I will be on the farm getting things ready for spring planting. I know it may seem early, but I have a load of leaves from the neighbors from last fall that I need to get into the new compost pile.
My neighbors have been great with leaving their bags of leaves for me to come by and pick up. I share the harvest bounty with them as the two of us couldn't possibly consume it all. Mid-summer we're making trips to the Vancouver Food Bank.
I supply them with a dozen or so yard size bags and I finish each fall hauling 75 to 100 big bags up to the farm and start mixing with soil, manure, kitchen scraps, and buckets of coffee grounds that I get from one of the local Dutch Bros. kiosks. I turn the pile every month or so to keep it aerated and churn the table scraps, and add manure as needed.
I'll test the soil next summer and adjust the Ph and throw in what's needed, plus bone meal to keep the calcium available.
I cook these compost piles for 18 months, so this new one will be ready the spring of '24, although I got somewhat of a late start last fall. I'm about three months behind schedule, hence I got to go up this week and get it started.
The pile from 2021 is done and is ready to go for this spring. What was once a 40' long 8' wide 4' high pile of compost has reduced down to a fraction of that size. But it smells so good and is very rich and loamy.
And the worms, oh the worms. Every shovel full has two or three big ones. Come spring there will be far more than enough to fish with.
I got my second Grow light. Had to shop around for it as it had been discontinued and I got the last one at an Oregon shop. I needed the same one as it can be daisy chained with my first one, which makes it easier to power up. Will start germinating seeds next month or early March.
Hoping for good weather this year. The forecast is all over the place with about half saying severe heatwaves of El Nino will return, and the other half predicting La Nina and lots of rain. Only a couple sources went with a neutral of extremes, which sounds good to me. I can live with that.
Just watched the Greg Judy video that Lookout served up, big H/T for that, and the other three I'll watch later.
My 3 acres is an old cow pasture out of use for at least 25 years and is primarily some kind of switch grass that the deer just love. I have to be careful where I step for the deer droppings are everywhere. Any given day a dozen or more deer come and graze. They are quite tame and used to humans being around.
I'm certain this soil is quite rich in manure from over the years. So much so it may be why my well water samples are showing slightly elevated levels of nitrates. The water table is only 15' down.
Best way to mitigate nitrate levels is to plant something that needs it, like Clover!
And Clover fixes nitrogen into the soil which is an added plus. Also, it will not hinder the natural wildflowers that come up every spring and stay all summer and into fall. The pollinators love it and of course the clover flowers.
Will try to host this OT Tuesday morning from the farm, as I managed ok last time.
So let 'er rip. What's on your mind?
The thread is open.