[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column el_class=”Hello Everyone Thought we’d show you some soil improvements that have been done over the years we have been working the farm. The soil here is very sandy from the rock we are on which is sandstone with iron in it. There is a big ridge running through the middle of the property, all sand stone. The paddocks we have worked to produce the excellent salad & fruit & veg crops wouldn’t have grown any of them without the improvement. This has mainly been with growing & ploughing in green manure crops as well as adding different rock dusts.”][vc_column_text]Hello Everyone

Thought we’d show you some soil improvements that have been done over the years we have been working the farm. The soil here is very sandy from the rock we are on which is sandstone and ironstone. There is a big ridge running through the middle of the property, all sand stone. The paddocks we have worked to produce the excellent salad & fruit & veg crops wouldn’t have grown any of them without the improvement. This has mainly been with growing & ploughing in green manure crops as well as adding different rock dusts and masses of really rich compost.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The photo on the left shows the average size sandstone & ironstone rocks pulled out of the soil, some are much larger! This is from the unused, unimproved ┬átop part of the paddock. It has been cleared of rocks so that Josh can use it for an experiment for soil re-mediation for his organic horticulture course. The left hand photo shows the soil he’s starting with.

He is going to see if he can improve the soil much quicker than Michael did over the last 15 years when he had to start from scratch. Everything, like excellent compost, the right rock dusts, best green growing manures and knowledge is now available and should speed the process for Josh. The proof will be in the plants that grow. We will keep you updated!

The right hand photo shows a strip of the improved soil over nearly 15 years from lower in the paddock. The dark lines are extra added-in compost to the trench for the seedlings.

 [/vc_column_text][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”2649,2659,2658″ img_size=”medium”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]The tomatoes are loving this warm damp weather and are growing well. Here Steve, Serkan & Josh are gently persuading the plants to grow up between the wires for support. As the plants grow more wires will be added above. Back breaking work is all part of the job!![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”2640,2639,2638″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]There’s lots and lots of wild rocket this week. (This photo doesn’t do it justice as the sun is bleaching out the colour on the photo.)

It’s nice and peppery in flavour and rich in nutrients. Make sure you get into Carriage Works market or Taylor Square market early on Saturday morning in Sydney for all the usual range of salad greens & vegies from our stalls.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”2660″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I’ve had to do a new format today, changing from live writer to Word Press, visual composer & frontend editor! Bear with me! Keeps the brain ticking anyway!

Have a healthy & happy week.

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