A Cabbage in Clover: Newsletter October 4, 2022
|Happy as a Cabbage in Clover|
If you’ve been following us long, you know that weeds take a lot of our time. Preventing weeds allows our crops to thrive and improves the quality of the produce you bring home. This year we have used weed fabric, straw and our tried and true weeding methods to manage their growth.
A new method we are currently testing is the use of clover to suppress weeds. We commonly use Clover as a cover crop in order to add nitrogen back to the soil. Clover also encourages the pollinators and predator insects which are vital to our farm.
Rather than waiting until a crop is done producing to plant the cover crop, we decided to put Clover seed down after planting our Brassica seedlings( cabbage, kale, collard greens, etc.). By putting down the seed when the transplants were already a decent size, the clover has grown beneath the crops. The Brassicas are able to receive proper sunlight for growth while the annoying weeds are smothered below the stronger clover leaves.
The picture above shows how a cabbage is cradled by soft clover. Normally, it would be surrounded by negative weeds we would have to spend hours picking through.
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WEEK Twenty Two:
We are on our last month of our 2022 CSA! As another successful CSA season comes to an end we are so grateful to you and your support. Please remember to fill out our survey so we can improve ourselves for next year!
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Forest Corn: A hearty hearth loaf made with wheat and our own grown Kentucky Rainbow corn, which we nixtamalize to give it a tortilla like flavor.
Earlier this year we purchased 250 blueberry shoots. It is recommended to plant Blueberry bushes in the fall. Planting them when cooler and later in the season forces the plants to focus on growing their roots rather than their branches. A strong root system is imperative for having successful perennial plants such as Blueberries.
We bought young 10″ bare root plugs in the spring, and using a mixture of Peat Moss and tree bark we transplanted the shoots into gallon pots. Since March we have watered and nurtured them daily. We have weeded out Johnson Grass, put down weed fabric, laid down new irrigation and at long last we have begun planting the five different varieties in the beds you will soon be picking sweet blueberries from!