We are always excited to try new methods. While working at North Slope Farm I was taught to direct seed across the bed rather then in long rows parallel with the direction of the bed. With this method we were able to seed short straight lines and control the spacing to allow a 3.5″ scuffle hoe to weed between each row after the seed germinated. This idea is creative and unconventional, my favorite tip of thinking. By using the tools we have at hand, such as a single point seeder and a scuffle hoe, a system was developed. I continue to experiment with this system here at Great Road Farm. There are some tools I would like to develop to help with our system. We will have to thin the winter turnips we direct seeded by hand. It would be great if there were an attachment to our single point seeder that could accurately thin our seedlings with the same basic motion as seeding. The future holds some great inventions!
Spent mushroom compost is used on the field beds for added nitrogen and to help the texture of the soil. It is organic and a by product of the mushroom growing industry in Pennsylvania. We are excited to get our first load on the farm so we can begin planting!