In the last several weeks we’ve bought 2 truckloads of compost for our main spring/summer garden. This year was the first attempt to grow on this 1 acre plot. We realized the top soil was thin in many areas which led to less healthy plants and a diminished harvest. So we’re adding a lot of compost while waiting on fall rains. As rain finally entered the forecast last week, we quickly sowed a cover crop of winter peas and oats into the spread compost.
After spreading the turkey litter compost, the mushroom company called to say their truck was finally repaired. So, figuring a farm can never have too much compost, we ordered a load. In the meantime, the turkey litter compost was spread over our thinnest soil areas.
The mushroom compost was also spread with the tractor, giving us 100 cubic yards of compost over about a third of an acre. We then waited until good rain was in the forecast. That’s the time to sow and till in crops to cover the soil over winter.
We were blessed with 9 inches of rain a couple days after tilling in the cover crop. So we hope to have a thick cover of oats and peas over the winter and early spring. We’ll till that in before we begin early spring planting in February. Now we’re feverishly finishing the high fence around this acre so that the sprouting oats are peas are not devoured by deer.