Cover crops and hog fuel, 2018 garden seedlings progress, backyard panorama

Hi Everyone, it’s been a busy few weeks since my last blog post, so lets get to it and talk about what we’ve been working on…

This weekend I spread 8 yards of hogfuel mulch around our urban homestead. Paula was working on our Easter dinner plans, so I was told to vacate the house. When I get told by Mrs Mann to “go outside” I take full advantage of my dirt-time. 🙂
We use hodfuel as mulch on our backyard trails for the dogs and people to walk on. The advantage of this “hard wood” mulch is that it takes years to breakdown; the last time we mulched was 4 years ago when we really started converting our backyard into an urban homestead food production system. You’ll see what this mulch looks like in the photos at the end of this blog post.

Pj guarding the cover crops in our garden boxes

Pj guarding the cover crops in our garden boxes

The cover crops in the garden boxes is coming along nicely, I love watching these sprout to life as it means the time is short until I’ll be planting our garden. This year I’ve used field peas, oats, and buckwheat as my cover crop. 2 weeks before planting I’ll cover these raised beds with my greenhouse plastic to do a fast kill. This will drop the nutrients onto the surface and heat up the beds simultaneously; waking up the microbes in the soil layer and giving them some biomass to munch on to produce their sugary exodates. This will kickstart the seedlings/plants after their transplanting.

We’ve got our eggplants and tomatoes seedlings growing in the indoor garden grow tents. Here’s a sample photo for how they’re looking (better footage can be seen on our Youtube channel where I talk about them weekly):

Last, but not least, here’s some photo’s of the backyard of our urban homestead showing our spring bulbs as they start the “march” into the first week of April (a little play on words there). 🙂

Lower deck and stone patio

Lower deck and stone patio

Lower yard garden boxes with stone patio in the foreground

Lower yard garden boxes with stone patio in the foreground

Lower yard with birdbath and the new bean hutches

Lower yard with birdbath and the new bean hutches

Lower yard clover patch and upper hillside garden boxes

Lower yard clover patch and upper hillside garden boxes

Lower yard clover patch and full depth photo of upper hillside

Lower yard clover patch and full depth photo of upper hillside

Ok, I hear Paula yelling for me to come down from the home office to greet the kids that just arrived for Easter dinner…she’s making a ham with all the fixins and for desert is a blueberry coffee cake. “Yes mam…I’m on my way!!” 🙂

Bye everyone, have a great week.