There is so much upcoming we are struggling to keep up! We can only think that God is guiding us and the doors are opening in a manner that grants us confidence in that we are moving in the right direction – God, please let this be so.
Looking ahead this week, we have spring vegetation that is going to be tilled under in order to prepare for Autumn plantings. This includes incorporating the existing vegetation (lettuce, radishes, spinach and more) back into the soil to degrade and release nutrients. We are then planning to seed buckwheat back ontop of the rows for approximately four to six weeks as it has proven to be our go to cover crop during the summertime.
Buckwheat provides us with a remarkable ecological foundation to support pollinator efforts across the farm. Buckwheat grows very quickly and develops abundant white flowers. These flowers are highly attractive to pollinators (e.g., honey bees) and allow for the honeybees to be supported in their respective efforts to produce honey for their winter food.
Additionally, buckwheat acts as a cover crop whereby its growth casts shade upon the soil, reducing the impact of heat on evaporation from the soil (keeping the soil moist longer). Buckwheat also acts as an agent in smothering / crowding out weeds. We have one section of one of the gardens that was overrun with thistle like weeks, we turned that soil over mechanically and planted buckwheat. The buckwheat has nearly destroyed the weed growth.
Finally – buckwheat can be used as a hay supplement for cattle and other animals. The grain can also be incorporated into our diets via buckwheat flour and the kernels have other applications as well.
Well – a bit of a tangent there regarding buckwheat. Sometimes the writing here just flows in a direction and we allow it do follow that movement. Buckwheat is an example of our commitment to regenerative farming inspired by the Catholic faith – stewardship!
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