Bad Soil to Good Soil

Lower 40

Transforming bad soil. Growing corn, sweet pumpkins, Roma and Beefsteak tomatoes, green bush beans, pinto beans, cucumbers, sunflowers, yellow squash, naval oranges, and white peaches.

Using permaculture philosophies we are healing the soil.   We used chicken manure and compost to fertilize.

Using permaculture philosophies we are healing the soil. We used chicken manure and compost to fertilize.  We use kelp to add minerals and sometimes a store bought rock mineral.  In the last year, we have been chopping and dropping our tree trimmings.  In less than one year there are both red and brown earthworms everywhere we dig.  We have planted some fruit trees as we see their value in healing the soil.

Backyard Sunflower in July

We plan to sprout the sunflower seeds for use on future salads. This part of our yard is called the “lower 40” since the soil became depleted after two tomato crops. We have other fruit trees growing and 4 more raised beds not pictured with various produce in another more productive section of our yard.

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