Brrrr the mornings are cold out there. I wore my boots this week for the first time since the early spring.
There is plenty to do in the field to stay warm, recently I’ve been harvesting popcorn, potatoes, tomatoes, kale, swiss chard, basil, carrots, beets, and even cornstalks. Nothing says fall like cornstalks decorating your front door.
I’m starting to get ready for winter, which is hard to believe. It seems like just yesterday I was finishing building the new greenhouse and getting the first of the seeds started. But we are well into October and its time to get things in order for putting the field to bed for the winter. Last week I picked up a 100 pounds of cover crop seed.
The cover crop seed I use is a blend of peas, bell beans, wheat, oats, and vetch. This crop is for the soil and not for us humans. The cover crop puts nutrients back into the soil, prevents erosion, and limits weed growth. Even though I am planning to plant the cover crop in the beginning of November, certified organic cover crop seed tends to sell out, so I had to make sure I got my hands on what I needed for the field.