What’s been going on!
Oops, missed a newsletter last week, way too much going on including an overnight trip to the beach to spend some time with family that happened on newsletter day. It was too wet to stay home anyway after the awesome four inches of rain at the beginning of last week; we haven’t had a rain here on the farm like that for years.
Dry enough now to get going on fall soil preparations for the 2013 growing season. Everything that can be has been mowed (only three fields left- peppers, fall vegetables and over wintered flowers), yesterday I spread the phosphorus and potassium rock powders that the crops will need for the next year. Today I will begin turning soil, should be perfect after last week’s rains. Disk, subsoil with a field cultivator, maybe disk some fields again. Once nice and loose and with all of the crop residues incorporated I will hill up the beds for next spring’s early planted crops. Finally the cover crop seeds will be spun out over the waiting rough but soft soil to be brought up by the next rains and to be the protective blanket for the winter. Lots of time on the tractor.
We are in mid Big Top hoop moving, from one field to another, to be finished today. This year of course is the additional complication of sorting hoops that are OK, from those that we can re-bend, from those that will go to the steel salvage lot. Good news is that we did a test re-bend yesterday and it looks like we will be able to save quite a few, if we are careful.
On top of all of the above, Monday is the one bad day in the turkey’s lives, we take them to processing. A before dark start to catch them while they are sleepy and then most of the day spent down at the processing plant. It is a long, tiring and somber day but an important one. There are still birds available if you haven’t gotten your reservation in yet, all the information can be found here.
Pictures of the Week
Half of the hoops moved, tomatoes will be in this field next year
The sorting piles- maybe re-bend, off to salvage, top rails and parts
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