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I look forward to reviewing product plans and product expectations. Over the past two years, farming has changed dramatically. I have more storage space to work with in the winter and better equipment to produce, collect and wash.
I am realizing that in order to plan my hop production, I have to work back from the day I planted the long summer crops. If I want to transfer a row of tomatoes to bed in early April, I have to make sure I have that bed. Working back then, I knew I could sow radishes 4-5 weeks ago (and tomatoes should be cleaned when needed for entry), or I could sow mixed salads 6-8 weeks ago.
Working back from the hard planting days required for tropical crops gives me a starting point, and then a permanent crop puzzle, with the different winter crops growing in that area flexible and flexible as needed. Radish is very fast, slightly pruned and green, and beer and carrot are the least.
I look forward to getting back into planning software to review next year. I believe I am not using it fully, I fell after the spring planting and did not do any updates for the summer planting. The software may allow me to work during the harvest to monitor the various data streams on the field to measure and filter our methods, but I am far from that. Still, the accuracy of my plan this year was a big step forward for us and I am very excited to review and refine it in the coming months.
Occasionally there are beds set aside for certain crops; Cannabis beds always have cannabis in them, first by seed, then by clone seedlings. In between, I can grow food crops or cover crops, but there is no flexibility when it comes to planting long-term cannabis. The same goes for hophom tomatoes and cucumber beds that need to be planted in a certain period of time (earlier this year) to be most effective and productive.
I enjoy adding polar beans to our summer crops in Hofo Houses. The caterpillar caves have two rows of tall, narrow crops and short crops due to the twisting of figs. This year, each of us ended up with more than three full rows of sweet and hot peppers, and one of those rows was a middle row that could hold a long and messy crop like beans.
The farm has had remarkable success this year with its fast-growing salad mix, green ripening, and fast-growing root crops. Combining these crops with 4 x 50 ‘caterpillar caves and using them as a basis for our winter food production gives us the opportunities to dream up.
For 16 growing beds, each 50 feet high and 30 feet wide, the winter production capacity will be four times greater than that of a single cave before 2021. In my area, I can run two new caves and a proper water well through the farm to cool the water for the hop house, so that I can have a stable flow of produce.
We also have 2 caterpillar caves that grow into large brazika, like cabbage and cabbage flowers during cannabis, and with words and collars. Dean caves, which are not used during the winter, can do wonders in food production, which can often be produced during the local food season.
Winter farming can be difficult because work-life balance is required. I would start the year without some good delays in the winter, I would not have enough stock to pass the trip and I would burn to the end. I work all year round to be more consistent with the rest of the year so that I can feel comfortable working during the winter.
It’s a joke, “Work until it’s dark,” which means I won’t stop after 9:00 in the summer, but I’ll knock at 4 in the winter. The natural patterns of the seasons impress upon my soul in the comforting cycle of life. As always, lots of love and great success on your journey!