We have a pretty good sense of the character of the season: what is going well, and what has been a struggle.
Eggplant and peppers are explosive.
As we rotate crops around the 9 acres of fields we think about what crops need very few weeds: Carrots! And onions!
There are other considerations, like pests and disease pressure, timing of planting and harvesting, organic matter levels, and crop residue that all factor into the rotation decision. One third of our acres are left fallow for two years. But fallow doesn't mean they are inactive. We grow cover crops, plow them into the soil, field-cultivate a few times to kill weeds, them plant more soil-building cover crops. Here is where last year's potatoes came from:
After another full season of cover cropping, this field will jump back into the game of musical chairs.
There are a few crops which we do not rotate. Obviously, most perennials stay where they are, but we don't move the flower field around too much either.
Varieties get juggled around within the field, but these sunflowers only rotate their faces as they follow the sun through the sky.
There is so much diversity in plant families, and we feed the soil with lots of leaf-mulch and fertility, so that we can assure you that flowers will likely greet you as you pull up the access road for several more years in a row.
Blessings on the meal,