May 26th, 2011 by Admin
Jim and Diane have shared some progress photos over the past few months, and it’s inspiring to see the fields taking shape and starting to green up…
A new season starts with plowing.
Last year’s grass and clover is turned over by the plow.
Jim reports that he sometimes puts the tractor on automatic pilot and grabs a snack.
After smoothing out the plowed ground, the wheat seeds are planted.
Originally seeded on May 4, this is how one field looked about a week and a half later, on May 16. The variety growing here is “Superb”, new at Cedar Isle.
CDC Go is growing in this field, and in the above photo you can also see how Jim generally seeds in two passes, so that the rows cross each other diagonally. This helps minimize the spacing between plants, which reduces the suitable spaces available for weeds.
The soft wheat in the field above was seeded in early April, when Jim finally had some sunny days to work with.
Straw, baled after last year’s grain harvest, is ready for delivery to a Vancouver community garden. The organic straw will be used to mulch between rows of vegetables.
Newly hatched chicks are a sure sign of spring!