Farm Life: More Huglekultur

p1060350With our mild winter, we are weeding in February.  Unheard of!  We should be under half a foot of snow, or have ground frozen twice that deep.  Yes, we can haul off half a dozen or more wheelbarrows of weeds each day.  Our current task was to clean up the sunchoke beds.  Sunchokes look like small sun flowers.  The roots form tubers which we eat.  They taste like artichoke hearts.

Anyway, we had planted these directly into the rocky soil without much preparation.  The roots have been breaking up the shale and clay, but we still harvest as many rocks as tubers.  Our plan was to weed, then cover the area with hay and manure from the goat barn.  Then the idea of lining the planting area with old wood came to mind.

This would provide a boundary with the walkway on one side and fence on the other side of the bed.  We will let the wood decompose with fungus and mushrooms.  For each wheelbarrow of weeds hauled away, a wheelbarrow of rotting woods comes back.  Some might consider this a make-work project.


About hermitsdoor

Up here in the mountains, we have a saying, "You can't get there from here", which really means "We wouldn't go the trouble to do that". Another concept is that "If you don't know, we ain't telling." For the rest, you'll have to read between the lines.
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8 Responses to Farm Life: More Huglekultur

  1. Laurie Graves says:

    We have snow enough to share! Just cleaned up eight inches, and another blizzard is heading this way.

  2. Weeding in February? My goodness. We have lots of snow here.

  3. KerryCan says:

    We’ve had an unusual winter, too, but it go a lot more normal last night, with about a foot of snow! Did you get snow?

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