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Lessons from Grow Biointensive - class + garden work

I'll share what I learned over 3 days on 2 Grow Biointensive farms last weekend, and how it impacts our moving forward.  We'll soon be adding in red winter wheat and alfalfa to the mix!  It's a "root" day, so we'll be looking for land for the likes of carrots, radishes, parsnips and whatever other seeds or seedlings we can get our hands on (time permitting).

If John is able to rent a tractor, it will be all hands on deck to shovel manure and amendments into our new bed.  Please bring gloves and a shovel if you have them.

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  • John M.

    I learned a lot from using a tractor today. The clay soil is so hard that even a big machine doesn't budge it. If we use a tractor again, it will have to be much, much bigger than the one I rented.

    After studying the area for a long time on Sunday, I came to the conclusion that from this point, we will be better off forming the new beds by hand.

    This means - good old pick-axe, spade fork and shovels.
    I tested an area to prove this to myself. I worked for two hours, and was able to chisel out a 5' x 10' bed. This works out pretty well. We actually want to have 5' x 20' beds to make our calculations easy (100 square feet). With a group of us working, we can lay out plenty of beds in a day.

    We put stakes out yesterday to see exactly what will fit. We have room for 13 full size beds (5'x20') and two more that will be 5'x10'.
    In other words, we have a lot of room. We will be able to do some serious planting!

    November 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    John got some amazing work done with the tractor. The new garden bed looks to be at least 40 x 50 feet!! We also cleaned out some of the fading plants in the other beds and hosted a garden tour.

    November 11, 2012

  • Marian W.

    The main focus for tomorrow will be getting the new bed outlined and tilled. If it's raining hard, we'll cancel completely as I don't have a key for the house and it'll be too dangerous for John to learn how to drive the tractor. How about we all look outdoors at 9am and make a gut call? I'll post here if we're cancelling, or you can text message me at[masked] for an update.

    November 9, 2012

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