That’s Will standing in the sweet corn. He’s 6′ 1″, so obviously the corn is doing well. We grow without using pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizer. Sometimes that means we fail. Cabbage worms took all our cabbage this year, for example. But it is satisfying to know that everything we produce is produced naturally and using sustainable practices. And there hasn’t been any poison sprayed on it.
We baled more hay this weekend. Now we probably have a lot more than we need. But I like knowing that we’ll have plenty even if we get hit with an unusually harsh winter. It’s also nice to be able to use the extra hay for animal bedding. Once it’s spoiled by the animals, and enriched in the process, we put it in the compost pile.
Compost we produced on the farm, together with crop rotation, is responsible for our great looking corn, for example.
Lots of challenges come with farming the way we do. We are dealing with verticullum wilt in the tomatoes, flea beetles in the eggplant, weeds in the potatoes and onions, etc etc. I’ll be honest–there are days when I imagine how easy it would be to solve a problem with a sprayer. But it’s not going to happen. We’ll just accept reduced yields when we have to, and keep trying to make improvements.
I’m considering expanding our normal 3 year rotations to 7 years or more. We’re evaluating what we need to produce for our families, and how best to generate surpluses to sell and give away. We’ll probably be implementing some significant changes next year.
For now, the green beans will be ready any day now. The garlic is dried and ready to store. The onions and potatoes will be ready to harvest soon. The cucumber, squash and tomato plants are heavy with fruit. We’re picking, eating and freezing blackberries. And we’re going to have a lot of sweet corn.