Lots of manual labor around the Micro Farm this weekend. It all started with a truck load of wood chips. Several municipalities in our area offer free wood chips, you just have to load them. I filled the bed of my Ford Ranger and drove them home to unload.
I have been reading and learning about “permaculture” this past winter. One permaculture technique is “sheet-mulching”. You put a layer of cardboard, or something similar, and then put mulch on top. Wood chips are free so I used wood chips. When everything breaks down, I will just put down another layer of cardboard and wood chips. Hopefully, building my soil upwards.
Several beds were mulched with wood chips others will be mulched with pine needles.
I was also able to fully connect the second rain barrel. The gutter is about 18 feet long and catches water from three roofs. This winter ice accumulated between the buildings make it difficult to navigate. The gutters and rain barrel will help reduce that problem. I like solving two problems with one solution.
Spring is springing in big ways around the Micro Farm. The raspberries are starting to leaf.
I planted over 200 peas this spring. They were from seeds I saved last fall. As a new seed saver I am very nervous about not doing it correctly. I was starting to get nervous that my peas would not come up. I figured I could not have screwed up 200 seeds. Right? Well, in the past coupe of days I have seen many pea shoots coming up. I am very excited. I really enjoy fresh peas.
After a few more things are cleaned up we should have the Micro Farm presentable. The past two weeks have been busy, but productive. We will see what the fruits of this labor will be.
Enjoy this season, learn from last season, and look forward to next season.