Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Recovering from the Rain
We figure, after nature "blesses" us with a foot of rain all at once that we would take advantage of the situation and protect our number one renewable resource - the soil. All of the weeds that sprung up have stored their respective nutrients - nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorous (and many others), that was already in the soil. They also stored energy from the sun. The weeds were mowed and left lying where they fell. These will compost down which will add these nutrients to the soil. A thick layer of mulch will suppress further growth from the weeds, preventing them from going to seed.
The soil absorbed heat from the last few days of the sun and a good deal of moisture. Just beneath the hard baked crusty layer on top is rich, moist, well-aerated earth perfect for pumpkins, melons, and tomatoes. The mulch keeps the moisture from evaporating off as well. In addition, the mulch will break down over the summer adding a thick layer of organic matter to the soil.
In essence, our soil is a battery that is storing energy for our next crop.
This is Old Solar Agriculture.