Dean Young, He Said Turn Here
farm journal: monday, july 7, week 15
- small harvest today (only spinach and tomatoes), focused on attacking weeds
- stalebedded sections 7, 6, 5, 4, and 2 to varying degrees. some were spread with fertilizer. tb banded fertilizer on brussels sprouts and elsewhere.
- stalebedding greens: shoot for 3/4” depth (less than half of the front set of baskets, which are slightly lower than the second second), it’s okay if only 50% of the bed gets tipped up. deeper than that and you’re bringing up dormant weed seeds. in sections where there are very big weeds, okay to go 1.5” deep
- watered greenhouse and coldframe at 10am, edges of cabbage and salad mix flats wilting
- hoed parts of aforementioned sections before or after stalebedding because a) some weeds were too big for basket weeders b) bed surface was uneven and parts were missed. raked 6 or so beds in section 6, removing cover crop residue (rye straw and clumps of not-yet-decomposed vetch) so they didn’t get stuck in the sutton seeder
- tine weeding demo: individual tines can be adjusted to avoid the crop/vary degree of aggressiveness. a very fast form of weeding, but often not very thorough. works better on broadleaf weeds than grass weeds. the faster the tractor is going, the more weeds you can kill. most effective if done in a specific window of time: when crop passes the “tug” test (otherwise the tine weeder will disrupt it) and weeds have not yet emerged from soil. best to tine weed on a hot, dry day when the crop is wilting - do not tine weed first thing in the morning when the crop is wet and succulent. basket weeding is the first form of weeding to follow transplanting (about a week after) because the baskets don’t touch the crop. tine weeding comes next and is also a good way to incorporate banded fertilizer.
- finished stalebedding
- watered greenhouse & coldframe around 2pm. forgot to irrigate tomatoes in GH2 after they were picked
- hoed & hand-weeded next year’s strawberries, pulling off any flowers or fruit. lots of pigweed masquerading as strawberry plants.
- moved turkey poults from garage to bird tractor. fortified tractor with 2x4s to keep them from crawling out of the gap between the tractor and the ground. leaned plywood along tractor on north and west edges as wind and rain break. poults did not enjoy the move, kept flying away in terror when i was putting them in an old box to move them outside.
- contacted wholesale accounts
- chores: high tunnel, greenhouses and coldframe can all be kept open at night if a) temp is above 55 b) no wind above 25 mph c) no rain
When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.
I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.
Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.
And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,
"and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine.”