I hope you had a great Thanksgiving with your loved ones! We spent our time in Des Moines, split between both our families, and made some great memories. One highlight for me was seeing my oldest two boys bowl for the first time. It was a hit!
The craziness of the land prep for the farm has settled down. We basically have the land ready to hibernate over the winter. Here are the last few things we accomplished in order to be as prepped for spring as we can be:
After the sod was pulled, Eric and our neighbor Lucas cut down a total of three trees (one on the plot, one in the front yard, and one of the neighbors trees). Getting those trees down really enhances the growing area and decreases a good amount of shade cover.
The final task we accomplished with the land was spreading 20 cubic yards (20 tons) of compost. Moving “dirt” is never a fun task, but getting the compost spread is essential for the soil health. Luckily, I had a good crew to help with the task! With the 20 cubic yards we were able to get roughly an inch of coverage over the whole growing area.
There were some areas on the plot where we were unable to get the sod pulled. It was very compacted and the sod cutter was just not able to get the sod cut. We think those areas were so compacted due to the fact that the previous owners had an auction before moving out and there were some heavy trucks on the plot. We put tarps over the remaining sod so that it will be killed by the spring. We should have no problems getting rid of that sod when we till the plot this spring.
Now I feel like we are in the “hurry up and wait” stage for the garden. That said, there are still a lot of things in the works. I recently started the microgreens operation in our basement, Eric is busy flipping the house, seed catalogs are pouring in (yay!), and we have some exciting news about the growth of the farm to announce soon!
Get out and enjoy this great weather before the snow flies (again).
Your urban farmHer (and proud University of Iowa alumni), Jenny