Category Archives: Soil
This afternoon’s project was spreading Boron on our pastures. Continue reading
The best part about spreading lime this way was I was recruiting my farm helpers (ages 6 & 9) to come along with me on the project! Continue reading
We are low on Calcium, Sulphur, & Boron. The soil is also acidic.
The phosphorus came out excellent–which was a huge surprise, and a big change from our previous soil sample from 2006. It was virtually zero back then. All the poultry manure & compost spreading has paid off.
The compost was still composting at about the same rate, but my system had changed for the better. I now have a host of worms working through my compost.
I no longer create large heaps of hot compost, and I no longer have to turn the piles.
The threshold of 12° Bx marks the point when insects stop eating the plants. The theory goes that if an aphid or caterpillar eats sap sweeter than that, it ferments into alcohol and kills the bug. Continue reading
There were 27 people who came out and joined us for Dr Dettloff’s presentation Saturday. I will type up the notes about local resources which we compiled throughout the day, and distribute them to those who joined us. Continue reading
God is the ultimate “permaculturist”. He was using the permaculture design principles before Bill Mollison ever wrote them down. Continue reading
I learned about barn odors & milk flavors in a cheese making seminar I took a couple years ago, and it’s true. We’ve tasted the difference in our goat’s milk between the days where they are out in the pasture vs. closed up in a pen–though they were eating the same food. Continue reading
At a total length of 8 to 9 inches, the slate black Townsend mole (Scapanus townsendii), is the largest mole species in North America. It occurs in meadows, fields, pastures, lawns, and golf courses west of the Cascade mountains. http://wdfw.wa.gov/wlm/living/moles.htm Continue reading