so if ya recall …. our land looked like this before the bossy got to it ….
this was back in july, after we decided to go ahead and rent it and transform it from its 20 years of pasture mix to the new home … temporary home…of bossy acres.
but first things first!
despite renting, we wanted to ensure that we were working with a solid foundation…one that is full of the nutrients that is needed for healthy, productive vegetables, herbs, and wildflowers. so it was worth it to us to begin with the soils….and to invest in the soil.
after all …. one of the most important factors in healthy vegetables, is healthy soil.
so we brought in midwestern bio-ag ….a local company that understands the importance of building healthy soils and focusing on biological farming rather than chemical use.
we started with numerous soil samples to get the best picture of where our soils sat with respect to not only nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, but other key nutrients and trace elements that were crucial to the soil’s health.
about a week later, we sat down with our agronomist, steve lazarski, and received a full 9-page comprehensive analysis of our land, it’s abundancies as well as its deficiencies.
time to form a game plan of organic soil correctives using natural resources like rock phosphate, high-calcium lime, manure, and organic fertilizer.
throughout the next couple of weeks, we hauled a lot of manure….spread the organic fertilizer and all-natural soil correctives and getting one step closer to even healthier soils and a great foundation for bossy crops!
and of course….we did everything with very little inputs …. utilizing free horse manure from the neighboring farmer resulting in very little gas and hauling costs….not to mention our use and belief of minimum tillage. we chose stripping or strip tilling to cut back on the amount of land that we tore up as well as the inputs of tractor, implement, and fuel use.
we also used a walk-behind spreader to broadcast our organic fertilizer and soil correctives….enjoying the september weather and a nice walk up and down our beds.
it was so exciting that i couldn’t help but pull out the finger guns!
bossy acres was comin’ alive!