Tag Archives: mulch
Hawaiian snake and loads of earthworms have made a home in the mulch
Here are two clips of the critters that have been loving the rich mulch created by no-till. Last year’s cardboard, banana leaves, and grass clippings are now a well loved home for many microbes, worms, and even the lavender Hawaiian snake.
A Little Help From My Friends
I was in need of a serious amount of mulch material (and a truck) to complete some of the new composting beds this week. Here I am just about running out of steam after a long, hot afternoon spent shoveling. The fine ground brown waste was purchased from Organagrow mulch
Soil Building Initiative Launched!
These weeks are busy, as the month of October is a squash farmer’s dream as all minds turn to pumpkin. So what better way to celebrate the season than with a two fold community building action. This past week, I got the Squash and Awe Soil Building Initiative launched. Building Soil-Building Community. I have asked local businesses to “sign on” to the program by donating pure, green or brown compost worthy waste to help build my farm’s soil. In turn, I teach a pumpkin program at their school of choice. So far so good…40 gallons of green waste. 18 lbs of coffee grounds, and three trunk loads of cardboard to use in my sheet mulching. 30 preschoolers served, and 5 classes at 3 schools in the weeks ahead.
Farm Fact: Reuse
Farm Fact: Reuse is the core of our farming practice. The raised beds are made from raw materials reclaimed from our community. Think creatively when planning your farm or garden. What is in your community? A brewery (for hops/yeast)? A saw mill, or woodworkers business (sawdust)? Tree trimmers (wood chips)? Big box stores (for cardboard)? Think about what normally goes in the dump and see what you can use. Scheduling a pick up time with local businesses lets them stay on task, and allows you to be a help rather than a hindrance.