Root Cellaring Begins!

Each fall we move produce from the field, sort and store several crops for winter use: potatoes, carrots, beets, radishes, kohlrabi, rutabagas in the root cellar, and squash, onions, and garlic in cool, dry storage.  Yesterday I started burying roots in sand.  We find they store best if taken from soil, trimmed and placed in barrels with sand as quickly as possible.  When we dig them out each winter harvest day they as close to …

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Leaves Wanted

Leaves form one part of Ken’s compost. Ken mixes several components; it all depends on what is available.  He always has poultry bedding, leaves, and hay or straw. Some years he has used horse manure, rabbit manure, and parts of lake bogs or weeds. He puts up his sign and people can bring leaves and empty bags for reuse or leave us leaves in the bags and Ken can use them that way.  Most people …

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Coming Through – the Rye

  Ken often plants rye in the fall.  It will start growing later in the year than other green manures, and grow up again in spring.        It provides soil cover to lessen erosion, root mass and plant matter to boost organic matter. It tempers soil temperature to promote microbial life in the soil – all good.         It is always fun to see the rye coming up when other …

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