yesterday was one of those 4 seasons in a day. morning was out doing some field prep and sweating violently digging raking and tilling. after lunch the wind shift and boy howdy is winter not done with us. ended up working in rain and snow for a few hours before retiring to in front of the fire.

given the external pressures on our fields from underneath (historically unchecked california thistle) and adjacent grasses and weeds from open paddocks, it takes a number of years to achieve no till or light till. we have done so in the kitchen garden over almost 6 seasons. now it is light manual gristle removal and a gentle raking or top dressing while continually building up.

here in one of our larger spaces it's a work in progess of tight mowing, spot treating thistle/weeds/grass with pine oil, chain dragging, repeat tilling and a fair whack of manual hand work. while building up compost and matter each year we get closer to being able to grow dense and intense, clear/cover, build and repeat with a lovely fine active soil.

my point is LARD is the greatest industrial supergroup ever.

be radical, don't use dirt, build soil.

garden hard!

@pkboi started with a great 4-6" of old lightly used grazing paddock top soil, but pretty acidic and clay under. first rip and breaking got lime and gypsum and biochar. each subsequent till to get things started and at each planting we compost now from our own upscaled hot compost making from waste around the place plus chicken manute. so in doing this while disuading thistle etc for a few years we ended up with a very friable, vege and root friendly deep mix that rather looks a nice bagged potting mix or compost.

we have done some cover crop to turn in, but generally we gently pull leftover plant waste and compost that down before returning back. side bonus, less volunteer seeds about which is good when trying to run a 5 or 6 crop families rotation

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