The big change of the week
As we approach the Fall Equinox, we’re watching the evolution of our crops as they start to think about returning to the earth. The cold nights we had recently nipped a few particularly sensitive things and we’re clearing out tired plants (they’ve been abundantly producing for weeks!) to make way for all our winter greens.
This past week was a bit of a mind blower on the farm. Early in the week we harvested tomatoes, melons, corn, and hot peppers, and at the end of the week we cleared those beds and planted our winter greens starts.
When we clear beds, we take out all the plants that had been growing there for weeks, possibly months, thank those plants for their valuable and much appreciated service, and then feed them to the chickens, pigs, or compost pile depending on the plant. After removing all the plants, we add a bit of nutrients, rebuild the beds, and then plant new starts. This is always an exciting day! Gratitude and new growth, what farmers thrive on.