Urban Farm Updates, August 10th, 2017
Fun on the Farm!
Did you know? Two carrots can give you the energy to walk 1 mile?! Neat, huh?!
What’s Growing On?
This week I have been doing quite a bit of clean up on the farm, trying to make progress in the war against weeds. I cleaned up and planted the two Arbor beds, and one of the mini raised beds with some carrots; and had our new VISTA, Cooper, out at the farm this morning to finish cleaning up one of the front raised beds. I pulled out all of the crops from the linear raised bed yesterday, and today we went through and pulled all of the weeds that managed to pop up. Then we mixed in some more Vermiculite (courtesy of Palmetto Vermiculite) and planted some beets and carrots. The additional Vermiculite will help the soil to maintain a steady water concentration in between waterings/rainfall, and it will also help to keep the soil loose and aerated. The soil on the farm has the tendency to get really compacted throughout the growing season, which is not great for growing root crops, where you want a larger, developed root; so applying sand or vermiculite can help to keep the soil loosened up and easier to work.
The first compost tumbler that I filled a while back has been steady decomposing, and is breaking down really well. The second tumbler is almost full, probably will add to it for one more week; and then I will be adding compost to the 3rd and final tumbler. Hopefully by the time the 3rd tumbler is all full and ready to start composting, the first one will have a usable product, and I can empty out the composted dirt, and start filling it with compost again.
There is quite the population of little grub worms and larvae living inside of my two compost tumblers right now, working hard to break down all of the kitchen scraps and plant material that I throw in there. Seeing the little larvae and worms work so hard, gives me a greater appreciation for everything that they do; breaking down our detritus and plant/animal debris everywhere. There are literally thousands of worms and larvae inside of each one of my tumblers at the farm, right now, doing their part to break down and decompose all of that organic material, into a material that I can make use of again. Once they are done breaking the organic matter down, I will be able to put it back into the farm; working it into the soil in the rows or raised beds.
I had quite the surprise for me as I left the farm today, to come back over to the office with some produce. Behind my vehicle was a little fledging Cardinal, who had flown out of the nest and couldn’t fly back up into the nest. He flopped around on the ground for a little bit, and I watched to see if he was able to get back to safety (the middle of the road, right beside a massive construction project is definitely NOT that). Needless to say, he continued to make his way further into harms way, so I scooped him up and put him back in the nest. Gonna have to do a thorough check on the parking area before I drive my Jeep there, for the next several weeks. Don’t want the little guy to end up as roadkill….. Highlight of my week was hearing his parents singing after he was reunited with them! And no, bird parents don’t reject babies that have been touched by people, so getting him back home was the right thing to do….
Anyways, I hope that you all have a most wonderful week, and I will check in with you again next week on the Urban Farm Blog! If you have any questions, concerns etc, please send me and email and let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thanks! Ciao!!!