If you've been following my instagram or Facebook feeds you will see we have finally broken ground on our Krondorf farm site.
I am so lucky to be working here, it's a perfectly set-up plot of approx 20m x 70m, fox proof and near perfect soil! My crop planning heavily involves rotation of the different veggie families, green manure crops and the chickens that live on site. Today I finished setting up the irrigation on the raised bed section and on the portion of land dedicated to a late crop of corn, pumpkin and rockmelon.
I should be finishing the transplanting of the first 1/4 of the farm the day before Christmas day, having already put in a crop of dwarf beans and some pink apple fir potatoes (as recommended by Guru Tim Marshall).
I haven't been on the plot by myself yet, with my two youngest kids accompanying me the last two days on site. It's so good to get them out in the country air, away from screens and T.V, and enjoying playing under the huge mulberry tree on the farm, coming out with stained faces and fingers! Previous visits have seen Trev keeping me company and doing a lot of the initial tilling. (I can't lift the tiller in and out of the farm truck by myself!) Apart from this machine, everything else is being done on site by hand, it's been a hard slog digging and raking and doing all of the plot prepping without machinery, it has really made me appreciate the soil, I do tend to pause a bit to take in the life forms in the soil, taking note of each bug and insect, plus the weed seeds we are unearthing along the way. I captured a cool little video of the prettiest sand wasp buzzing around and starting to dig out a nest in one of the beds. When I work out how to upload it from my phone I will post it!
It is certainly an ongoing learning process already, and I'm eager to get the farm looking lush and full of amazing food.
Thanks so much for reading!