We’ve started thinking of next year. This year was good. We made some mistakes in tilling and left the ground to clumpy which had a devastating effect on some of our crops. We also didn’t amend the soil as well as we should have and that made for some less than happy plants. We’ve got it all figured out for next year. We’ve purchase soil amendments and we have a plan.
The first step is to till the pasture to start preparing it to be garden. We intend to plant it in a cover crop or something over the winter, but from our past experience, it’s hard to get tilling as early as we would like, so we are going to try and have as much ready in the fall as possible.
Last week I went out to start tilling. I made one pass with the tiller and the long pasture grass got tangled up in the tines and stopped the tiller. This happened twice in one pass. I like to consider myself a fast learner, so I figured I needed to do something different.
The problem is the grass, so I need to mow. But we don’t have a lawn mower. We bought sheep to take care of our overgrown grasses.
So I need to put the sheep there and let them eat the tall pasture grass. That is a great idea, but it is not fenced.
Last week, I put up a fence to contain the sheep so they would mow the grass down so I could rototill and get started for next years garden. Currently the sheep are grazing and I’m hoping to get the rototiller up and going in a few weeks, once the sheep have done their job.
There is nothing fast about this farming thing. I am always expecting perfection on the first try and I rarely get it. I’m learning patience… whether I like it or not.