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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Gardening Time Again

Yes, it's that time again. The weather has been very cool and wet here. I didn't get my cabbage and broccoli started as early as I'd hoped, but it seems like Spring is waiting on me to catch up! I turned the garden spots weekend before last:


The tractor is a M-F 270 with Howse rototiller. They both belong to my dad. I used to have an old Ford 600 with plow and disc, but I sold them when he got the big diesel. Mom and Dad live just a few hundred yards away and across the road from us.

No, I we aren't "Back-to-Edeners", or even "Organic" (trademark, copyright, rights reserved by big Ag Inc.)  We have been using a modified version of the Mittleider Method for the last 12 years or so and we use no pesticides. I have found that when plants get all their minerals that they are much healthier and pests are not as apt to bother them. I do add back all of the chicken and bunny poop that I can as well as some of the animal bedding. Check out the Mittleider Method at Food For Everyone. It's guaranteed to make you into a good gardener. 

Anyway, I tilled up 3 spots: our regular garden, a new small fruit patch, and a potato patch. I also plan on planting about 1/2 acre of field corn but that comes later.

After the garden spot was tilled:


The kids couldn't resist running around barefoot!


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