Thursday, October 6, 2011

Breaking New Ground

We broke new ground last week at Parson's Garden, and used the new space to plant some wheat saved from last year's harvest! The process of preparing the ground to be planted included clearing the area, spreading compost, and then using the broadfork to promote healthy soil conditions.

Removing the grassy layer -- note all of the worms!

A healthy-sized worm!

Lucy was hard at work -- and she also matched the fall foliage :)

Spreading compost to be mixed into the new bed.

We used broadforks in order to promote healthy ventilation and to keep the soil from being too tightly packed. Broadforks are a great alternative to tillers, which can lead to erosion and soil of decreased fertility.

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