Solarization. Sounds weird, right? Well, it’s a trial we’re doing to control weeds in our organic transition block. Since we can’t spray herbicide, we will try anything that might work!
The logic behind this is that the sun will superheat the ground, killing the weeds and their seeds. We’ll see how it works!
Ever heard of this? Me neither till we attended the California small farm conf. This is another way for organic growers to kill weeds. we are testing this. Hopefully it works.
We had to remove an old grove that just wasn’t producing very well anymore. So grandpa took the bulldozer to it and had some help from the little one. Who decided that a pink tutu was the perfect outfit for pushing trees. This was a few years ago. Now we’re getting this same field ready to plant. Organically!
Do good. Donate. Save the water for something productive……
This farmer thanks you.
Pink lemons bloom almost year round. When they are young like this though, the inside isn’t pink so we don’t think they are ready to harvest for a long time. Almost until there is no variegation on the outside.
I challenge all the people who are doing the ice bucket challenge to come to our ranch and do it there! Our trees need water.
One of the biggest challenges of transitioning to organic is the weeds. They love to grow. And they take water and nutrients away from our trees. So how do we handle weeds organically? Discing the rows with the tractor and the old school hoe and a huge crew of people. But there is also weed mat. We hope that it will eliminate at least some of the weeds! We will keep you posted.
Ever notice that they never show you the inside of a fruit tree? That is often where the best fruit is. The pictures below were taken this past December.
Look at all that fruit. Fruit that’s been sheltered from the wind and rain and sun. Just let to grow and get super sweet.
Sometimes, decay can be beauty.