Chris Dunn's Home Patch Preparation
Good afternoon, Pumpkinistas,
I received the following update and posted pictures from Chris Dunn of Lomita, CA yesterday.
Here's what Chris had to say:
Well, the home patch is finally getting the fall prep it deserves! I've spent so much time on the new patch, the patch right out my back door has taken a back seat. ;)
The new patch is kicking butt and the cover crop is up to my waist!!!! It will get weed whacked in a few weeks, a soil test will be taken then amendments added per my mentor:)
These are pictures of the home patch! Its 650 ish. sq. ft. and it will be home for one plant this year, not two like last year. Today, I added 100 pounds of gypsum, a little perlite, some worm castings and about 20 large bags of leaves. Tomorrow it will all be tilled in! I will then spread 10 pounds of mychorrhizal fungi throughout the whole patch. I will then plant a cover crop of vetch, winter peas and winter rye.!!!
Only 3 more months and we can get started; boy am I excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hope all is well with you and the family!
(I still need to remove some broccoli before I begin my soil preparations for this year.)
Ok, I am one sore guy! Started at 9 a.m. yesterday and finished about 4 p.m.! It was tough day, but any tough day in the patch is better then most of my days at work. ;)
These are pictures of the tiller, the mychorrhizal fungi and cover crop that is now all resting in the patch and ready to go to work!!! I tilled every which way possible, raked smooth, broadcast a good amount of myco then a cover crop which should work hand and hand with the myco!! Should have my soil just about right for spring. Let's hope at least.:)
The last picture is the patch all finished. Its going to be about 650 sq. ft. and will hold one plant this year. I have 3 or 4 seeds I really like and am still undecided on which one I'm going to pick.
Until next time!