This blog post is another "picture this" type of post. We've had a few pictures that were enjoyed by those who use Facebook, but we know many people do not see those and like to see them here.
Plus, we get to say more about them here.
|The Sandman has spoken - this is a good spot.|
|CSA truck tetris|
Heard on a commercial:
the ******* team is dedicated to providing you with an amazing home loan experience.
I'm sorry, but I'm afraid this just started Tammy and I laughing. Apologies to the people in the store that thought we'd lost it.
|Peach Blow Sutton tomato|
|Red Xpress cabbage|
|Guest appearance by Pippi Longstocking|
We are doing a cover crop trial for Practical Farmers of Iowa. That, and we have a plot that needed rehabbing anyway. It's given us trouble for several years. The plot has sections of millet, clover, field pea and buckwheat. The picture above shows you what our buckwheat section looks like. Lots of flowers and excellent coverage. The bees and other pollinators love this patch. We've always wanted to do more with buckwheat as a cover crop, this experiment will encourage us to do much more.
What is a cover crop?
In essence, a cover crop is a planting of a (potentially) beneficial plant that farmer puts in to cover the soil during a period when it might otherwise be bare. Cover crops are selected for ability to cover the ground and hold it and for the potential they might have to improve soil health. For example, clover pulls nitrogen into the soil. Tillage radish breaks up compacted soil. Buckwheat chokes out difficult weeds, such as Canadian thistle. We have used cover crops over the last several years. But, we don't feel we have done very well with them. This project is helping us to work with them more effectively.
|Dr Wyche's Yellow tomato|
|Rouge d-Hiver lettuce|
Amish Deer Tongue has a texture that reminds us a bit of spinach. They grow in a tight cluster, making them very dense. They may not look impressive next to the large loose-leaf lettuce, such as Grandpa Admires. But, you'll get plenty of lettuce to eat from one of these. The texture alone makes a person who loves spinach and is less fond of lettuce happy.
|Amish Deer Tongue lettuce|
|The farmer has carrots for you.|