Ann Torrence wrote:One of my 5 goals is to sell something at our tiny farmers' market this summer, as a practice run for when we have our fruit products. We have a "real" farmer who brings in veg and goat cheese; he started the market and I'm not going to compete with him. But no one sells flowers. I'm going to try it. Annuals, but if it works, it would be pretty easy to add things like echinacea, lilies, etc to the mainframe project. And our market is small, mostly weekend homeowners and retirees, so it's more of having a presence until the fruit comes in and it's not a huge investment to try it. Worst case scenario is that I get to hang out with my neighbors for a couple hours a week and fill my house with cut flowers.
Had anyone done this? Tips?
Bryant RedHawk wrote:daikon radish, rape, parsnip are all good, for deep roots that mineral mine for you; alfalfa, cereal rye, oats, barley are good choices.
All of these can be broadcast seeded just about anytime. The already established pasture will hold the seeds in place, rain will beat the seeds down through the pasture plants so they get soil contact.
Tracy Wandling wrote:Daikon radish sounds like it might fit the bill. It has a large edible root and edible tops as well. And it can grow to 20" long, so it can really put a lot of organic matter into the soil if left in the ground. You can pick some and leave some in the ground. It's a cool weather crop, so it will probably prefer to be sown in the cool spring.
wayne fajkus wrote:It's a yearly ritual for me. Not during rain, but just after the rain, while the ground is wet.
Before it rains and the seed gets washed away. After a rain and the wet ground helps it stick.
I've been very successful with annual rye and oats. Limited success with clover.