What we add to the soil are minerals that get used up in the process of growing the cash crops. Every time we send a flower or head of lettuce home with you, you take some of our minerals with you so we have to replace them. We add lime (calcium and magnesium) to make sure the soil is not too acid for the little critters. We also add phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) which are major players in root, plant and fruit development. With that all set for the coming year we then can turn under the remnants of this years crops and get the soil ready for the winter. We will raise up beds or wide ridges so the soil will drain faster and warm up quicker in the late winter and early spring when we need to begin planting. After that we will seed it all down with soil holding and improving cover crops of a grain and a legume. It is hard to imagine that we need to be getting ready for next year already.
On the turkey front the two that were injured last week have been returned to general population. One we slipped back in a few days later with the younger birds and then moved back with the older birds and they all are getting along fine. Quee Queg (remember the tattooed native from Moby Dick), the more injured of the two stayed in the hospital for a week and now is in the same process of re-entry, first with the little guys and then the whole clan. We moved them to a new field so there are new things to keep everyone entertained. Did I say it was like teenagers?