We are turning the lawn into planting garden beds, using sheet mulching method. 1. mow the lawn 2. put down cardboards 3. add manure from goats, chickens, guinea hens, bats 4. cover with grass clippings 5. wait until the next year to plant squash, water melon, potatoes!
Oriental Bitter Sweet Vines, Wild grapes, Multi Flora Roses, European Buckthorns.
Unmanaged fields and water edges are extensively invaded by aggressive vines and trees, choking up native woodlands.
Currently our main work focuses on removing invasive species from the woodlots. Hand tools, chainsaw, brush cutter, manual pulling and cutting. Great teamwork is required to make this arduous and endless task enjoyable and empowering.
Cover crops slow erosion, improve soil, smother weeds, enhance nutrient and moisture availability, help control many pests and bring a host of other benefits to the farm.
Our old corn fields will be sown with a mix of cover crops: Crimson Clover, Red Clover, Yellow Sweet Clover, Spring Oats, Purple Top Turnip and Safflower.
To learn more about cover crops, check this wonderful book, Managing Cover Crops Profitably.