From the Forum Friday: Clump Tx, Biodegradable Mulch, & Jesse Gets a Jang

From the Forum Friday: Clump Tx, Biodegradable Mulch, & Jesse Gets a Jang

I don’t know about y’all, but it’s been a warm and wet Winter here in Kentucky. However, one of the biggest advantages of no-till growing is readiness. Case in point, check this video of Jesse casually seeding outdoors in February (no big deal). While other growers are waiting for a significant break in the weather to prepare ground, no-till beds can be ready to roll at a moments notice. One method of being EXTRA early to market—or just knock a couple weeks off of the time a crop has to spend in a bed—is to clump TX (my personal shorthand for ‘transplant’ in my farm notes) traditionally seeded crops like spinach, beets, turnips, radish, scallions, etc. Shannonatsilverforgefarm wants to hear about your adventures in the realm of multi-seeded cell TX. We do, too, for that matter! What works for you? Is it worth it?

The ol’ ‘Craft Paper as Mulch’ post from week one is still going strong and has shifted to the merits of biodegradable plastic mulch. BroadforkFarm posted an interesting article they authored about the various mulch options allowed—or not allowed—in Canadian Organic certification. The removal of bio-films from the approved materials list is what prompted their exploration of no-til farming. Spoiler, they’re on the Canadian Organics technical committee, maybe they know what they’re talking about.

Last, but not least, FarmerJesse joined the #JangGang with a JP1 and is looking for some tips and tricks. This is exactly what the Grower’s Community was designed for: you have questions, someone has an answer—or, at the very least, the same question—and we can all learn in the process. I’ll be watching this one for some Jang pointers, as well. #JangIt

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The No-Till Market Garden, The Lean Farmer Ben Hartman

The No-Till Market Garden, The Lean Farmer Ben Hartman

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