Innisfree Farm: Spring is in the air, which means mud on my knees

I haven’t disappeared: I”ve been farming. As you might imagine, spring is a busy time of year. This year started with banding steers and selling off our excess calves, interspersed with planting our garden. We got our next load of 75 meat chicken peeps in (they’ll be ready in Septemberish) and we’ll be adding to […]

I haven’t disappeared: I”ve been farming.

As you might imagine, spring is a busy time of year. This year started with banding steers and selling off our excess calves, interspersed with planting our garden. We got our next load of 75 meat chicken peeps in (they’ll be ready in Septemberish) and we’ll be adding to our laying flock in the next month or so.

We built a mobile pen system for our mowing goats, which makes moving them from place to place much easier than it was last year. I hope to detail that undertaking in a separate post.

Also, the warm spring means haying time is already here, and we’ll probably have our first cutting down in the next few weeks.

What kind of food production activities does spring bring for you? Let me know in the comments.

DLH

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Innisfree Farm: Spring exercise

Warmer temperatures (or at least no snow/standing water on the ground) mean it’s time to “open up” the garden for planting.  For most people, this means dragging the garden tiller out of storage, or renting one, to churn up the … Continue reading

Warmer temperatures (or at least no snow/standing water on the ground) mean it’s time to “open up” the garden for planting.  For most people, this means dragging the garden tiller out of storage, or renting one, to churn up the ground, leaving a nice-looking swath of black dirt.  Unfortunately, power-tilling is not the best thing for the ground.  It brings up weed seeds that have been buried below their germination line, and those weeds just can’t wait to start growing.  It also disturbs the beneficial critters living in the dirt.

What to do?  Broadfork.  No engine, no gas, no disturbing buried weed seeds or dirt critters.  We purchased ours (the 520) from Johnny’s Selected Seeds.  There are even videos to show you how to broadfork!

We have our chickens still working over the garden area, and they love this.  Since it loosens the soil, they can get in there and scratch around, which works the soil over even better, and they eat all the grubs and yummy bits that they can handle.

Our garden is pretty big, but a broadfork would make short work of a small patch, or raised beds.  No engine, no noise, no fumes, more exercise, better soil – what’s not to like?

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