I have done a bit of gardening, but I am going to attempt to push the limits to next year's growth. My plan: To build a two piece (30' x 10' each) mobile green PVC hoop greenhouse on SKIDS! therefor I can start early spinach, arug and salad production and move it onto summer squash and brassicas later on as it warms up outside.
The thing is I have not gotten the bed ready yet (major fo pa I know) We havnt managed to gather enough leaves for 60' to kill off the grass yet.
So my question is first off, do any of you think it's possible to get old pasture grassland converted to production soil before march? ( I live in Washington fyi )
My plan was to remove the horse manure/hog fuel that is mounded on part of the space, send the chickens in with their paddock, cover with MASS of leaves, compost/worm tea spray every week as weather warms up, send the chickens back in, then cover with 60' of tarps in january or feb, so it will be dry enough to be worked, weeded, and de-grassed early. Definatly going to amend the production site with compost and chicken shit and lime.
Anyways do you think it'll work? I'm going to push my luck and knowledge, because I need to get a little income early next year to fund the rest of the year.
Yes, I think it will work! I have planted on top of mulch, manure etc right on top of pasture grass, and gotten a crop (not a fabulous crop, but something). I always put some soil on top of mulch materials and manure, preferably good topsoil, even if it is just a little pocket to put a seed into.
Have you read Eliot Coleman's books about growing under hoophouses on skids? I think he discusses this both in "The New Organic Grower" and also "Four Season Harvest."
good idea, I think I do not have a whole lot of material on hand that I know, we are really doing with what we got and what we can get free. But no I have not read much of any of eliot's books, I have worked in, and on a mobile greenhouse though last year at Lazy J, I am going to push the extent of what I experienced and definatly downscale for easier portability, simpler, lighter design, less materials, cheaper, and reducing my overall need of a tractor. We are going to hand fork all 60' of the grass out and turn it into compost pile material inside the greenhouse to help heat the sucker.
Here's a run-through with pictures of how we made our salad beds. They worked out great and we didn't have to do any de-grassing. Only had to weed the bed about 3 times in the whole growing season, and even then it was a very small amount of unwanted plants.
wow that is awesome, you guys are getting me all enthusiastic, now Imma have so sit, jittering with excitement all winter long
THat is an awesome salad garden, i like the keyholes, I will draw out the Solo Path I am going to put in my 10' greenhouse to conserve space. I believe it's very clever and allows for easier picking, bucket movement, and also one path so more salad!!!
The thing about the tarps is only going to be in the late winter to prevent water from saturating the soil, so we can hand till it up earlier without damaging the soil as much. I've never managed to kill grass under anything besides roofing tar paper, and that's only in june july times, so I must fork. fork you grass, har har, because the only good grass is dying grass sitting ontop 3" of mulch.
I could see that, as long as it doesn't get above 160Degrees and has enough air. My logic being that compost piles kill off most harmful bacteria and unwanted seeds at 140d (I think) but everything dies at 160, aka cooking temp required in kitchens.
Salad Farmin till the Berries show up.
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