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A few years ago I was headed the right direction with this field. After four years of neglect it’s back to broom sedge and goldenrod. The first picture demonstrates how bad it looks now. The next few are how it looked after some work. It’s just me and my weapon of choice (last pic). I’m collecting humic acid and wood ash. It needs them both badly. This is going to be a lengthy project so I’ll update as things change for the better.
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Now
Now
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2016
2016
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One swale
One swale
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Kale in bio char
Kale in bio char
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Series of swales
Series of swales
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Polyculture with comfrey
Polyculture with comfrey
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No till
No till
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Weapon of choice
Weapon of choice
 
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You aren't really starting over.  You're bringing with you everything you learned from the first time.
 
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Thanks Trace. With the exception of no power tools things should be ok. Broomsedge may be the worst chop and drop on the planet but that’s exactly what I’m using it for. The soil is actually in decent shape. That is a huge surprise! The swales are still there but need some help. Put my first bucket of wood ash on it today!
 
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Trace Oswald wrote:You aren't really starting over.  You're bringing with you everything you learned from the first time.



Yes,! What Trace said!!

I once heard someone very wise say, "You never fail at anything if you learned something along the way."

Please keep your progress charted here, as I'd love to see how it develops.
 
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Thanks Stacie, will do. I’m not sure how much I learned turning it around last time. I have learned a lot since then though. This is how I’m collecting my humic acid. I wish I’d have made a bigger collector now. Next time I will.
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Humic acid collector
Humic acid collector
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This pile is now full.
This pile is now full.
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