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Garden Patrol

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Garden Patrol
One of our Narragansett turkey mamas has successfully hatched her clutch of eggs. She now brings the family into the grain yard to forage for dropped grains.

Progression of grain harvest: wheat & barley

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Progression of grain harvest: wheat & barley

Oldest entries at the bottom, latest harvest at the top. These weeks I'm CUTTING and hanging to cure.   Next will be threshing, cleaning and resetting the inventory to allow for sales. August 3 Last of the Gopal Barley (B15) Last of the Yavaros 79 Wheat (W23) More of the Serra Wheat (W20) Last of the Bishop Wheat (W67), this one really reminds me of Red Fife except it needed another week or two. Last of the Belford Barley (B25) Another bundle of Spring Dinkel (W08) and of Einkorn (W10). These are making nice heads, but are not ripening as a...


How is our Spring progressing?

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How is our Spring progressing?

As I was looking over photos from last May, I saw that my winter wheat was forming a significant number of heads on 26-May-2017. Comparing that with the progress of this year's grains, it had me wondering if our Spring might really be "late".  I was looking for a quick answer, so I went to this Growing Degree Day tracker.  The Michigan State University site begins their data collection in late February; perhaps that start date was driven by the snow cover?  Growing Degree Days (GDD) is a measure commonly used to make predictions in the progress of plant and...


Beets--Our Next Challenge

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Beets--Our Next Challenge

Fodder beets have a history as far back as the 1500's in Europe both as a animal food source, and in times of need, for people as well.  Washington State University has a very nice fact sheet on the history of fodder beets. There was a time when fthey were the choice crop for livestock farmers with small herds.  In the early 1900's yields were reported at 15 tons per acre!  But alas, labor saving devices in commercial agriculture lead corn to overcome this valuable root crop. We start eating fodder beats as thinnings as sauteed greens, adding the roots...


Cover cropping for soil health

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Last summer, I grew spring wheat and barley in this plot.  The soil here has a fair amount of clay and little organic matter as it was created from left over fill used during the construction of our barn.  One crusty old farmer said I'd have to work hard to even grow weeds in it and it's taken a couple of years of adding compost to get it this far. After the spring grains were harvested in the fall, I sowed it in cereal rye to overwinter. Roots give the soil biology a place to live and the organic matter will be greatly appreciated....