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Cover crop journals

  • themissiah 20 Feb 2013
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    Cover crop turned.

    Veggie/Raised Bed garden
    I FINALLY found time to turn the cover crop into the raised beds before it went to seed. We’ve had some mild weather here, mixed with some cold spells. It’s been a crazy manic winter in North Georgia. I’m hoping we’ve had enough freezing to kill off most of the problem bug...
    Sunny 9°C / 48°F
  • creme 25 Apr 2012
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    More early working and an update on my shoulder

    6 Prairie Dog Town garden
    Today I cultivated the weed patch known as “Prairie Dog Town”. This large area behind the house is where the garlic beds are (2nd year) and a large semi-circular planting area sown this year with potatoes, kale and beans. Maybe a squash if I can’t stick to my vow to plant no squ...
    Storms 17°C / 63°F
  • creme 04 Apr 2012
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    Springing back

    3 The Orchard garden and 4 No RaBBITs Allowed! Backyard garden
    My fruit trees all flowered or are flowering a month early, which means all work started early. Seedlings are doing great. Need to start more herbs. I did 10 minutes of light cultivation with a stirrup hoe today and it didn’t blow out my shoulder. I’m getting stronger each day, just h...
    Sunny 10°C / 50°F
  • creme 01 Apr 2012
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    One of those "Oh, duh!" moments

    4 No RaBBITs Allowed! Backyard garden and 4 No RaBBITs Allowed! Backyard garden
    It was early March, the peak of our freak heat wave. Chatting with my neighbor I ran my gaze over the winter beds which should have been dark and fallow. Instead, green was popping up everywhere. “Where on earth is all that grass coming from?!” I groused. I hate grass. It is the bane ...
    Storms 25°C / 77°F
  • creme 27 Aug 2011
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    Sunflower fence

    4 No RaBBITs Allowed! Backyard garden and Sunflowers: mammoth (fencelines) Budding
    Sunflowers getting ready to bloom, standing guard around the No Rabbits Allowed! bed. Note buckwheat cover crop in background.
    Snow 1°C / 34°F
  • creme 25 Jul 2011
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    Clearing spring beds for summer cover crops

    eggplant: Turkish Orange Ripening
    This year we are planting buckwheat as a quick cover crop between the spring and fall greens.
    Snow 1°C / 34°F
  • startide_rising 15 Mar 2011
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    One of these days I am going to cut you up into little pieces...

    Side garden
    Sorry for the Pink Floyd reference, but I have always wanted to use that quote. This year I gave the side garden the Winter off and grew a cover crop/green manure of white clover. It has been growing since this fall, over the winter. The idea is that the clover is a legume so it will fix nitro...
    Overcast 16°C / 60°F
  • graibeard 13 Nov 2009
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    Tomatoes or clover? I choose... Tomatoes!

    Central garden
    Time to trim the cover crop back, way back! The warm weather lately has really kicked along the garden, the tomatoes were looking a tad slow prior to last week, now everything is lush, and competing Two years ago I sowed Clever Clover Dalkeith. Its grown well and does die back – eventually,...
    Overcast 17°C / 63°F
  • Katxena 08 Nov 2009
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    My lightbulb moment (re: compost/cover crops)

    Tiny Farm garden
    I’ve been reading Second Nature by Michael Pollan, and a book about composting, and I had a huge lightbulb moment — or, to be honest, more like a “no duh” moment about 3 days ago. I’ve read a lot about compost crops and cover crops before, but I’ve never quite ...
    14°C / 58°F
  • matangie 09 Dec 2008
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    Maybe next year.....

    Annual rye winter cover crop Dying and Little Garden on the Prairie garden
    Supposedly you can plant this stuff really late in fall and it will grow all winter. Riiiiiight. I got a few scraggly strands of grass but overall not much. Admittedly, I wasn’t the best about watering it during the germination and settling-in phases (which happened to coincide with the ...
    Rainy 3°C / 37°F
  • matangie 28 Oct 2008
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    Coming along slowly

    Annual rye winter cover crop and Little Garden on the Prairie garden
    I reseeded a couple of bare patches today. It has been super windy which means that some of the seed simply blew away and the beds are drying out really fast. I’ve definitely got a small crop of teeny tiny grass now. :-)
    Sunny 2°C / 35°F
  • matangie 19 Oct 2008
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    More morning work

    Little Garden on the Prairie garden
    This morning I planted ryegrass in the bed I dug yesterday. Had to break up the dirt clods and fish out the grass clods. Smoothed it out with out garden rake, watered really well, broadcast seed, and tamped it down so the seed makes good contact with the soil. I also topped all three ryegrass ...
    Sunny 16°C / 61°F
  • matangie 19 Oct 2008
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    I think I see a shoot.... maybe,,,,

    Annual rye winter cover crop Sprouting and Little Garden on the Prairie garden
    When I was watering/mulching the first couple of beds to be planted, I noticed a shoot that looks like it might be rye. :-) I’ve looked everywhere and all I can’t find an actual listing of the germination time. Everyone says that it should go quickly, but that’s all they say.
    Sunny 11°C / 51°F
  • matangie 19 Oct 2008
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    Another bed planted

    Annual rye winter cover crop Sown and Little Garden on the Prairie garden
    Yesterday, I double-dug another bed. Today I broke up the clods, smoothed it out, watered well, broadcast the seeds, and then tamped it down. I decided to water before sowing because last time the watering had moved the seeds around somewhat. I also covered all three beds with a very light lay...
    Sunny 11°C / 51°F
  • matangie 09 Aug 2008
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    2008 Garden to date

    It has been a rough year to start a garden. Here’s the synopsis: Got a plot at Winfield. Approximately 15′×20′. Didn’t know if we would have one until mid-April so didn’t order anything until then. Plot had been tilled in the fall and left fallow so the soil...
    Cloudy 22°C / 72°F

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