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Natural Growth. legitimate results, and Life Long learning

Welcome to Straw Hat Urban Farm.  My 'part time' project that began years ago behind my house as a garden,  I grow fruits and vegetables without using pesticides of any kind, no synthetic fertilizer, employ no-tillage methods on the soils, make my own compost with the assistance of our two horses, mulch, import lady bugs, etc., attempting to stimulate natures forces against the undesirable creatures that also like to eat vegetables.  A big part of the operation includes microgreens.  Below is a file of microgreens seeding rates for your use.

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Soil

Biology

Microsopic Images of Fungal Fragments (below) and bacterial life (right).  Living soils are the foundationof our cropping systems.

February 23, 2020

I had the privilege of teaching a hands on micro-greens class recently.  To everyone in the class, thanks for coming, I hope it was informative and useful.  If you have any trouble contact me, we can talk it through.  I also published on the website a micro-greens seed...

April 13, 2019

The 2019 spring season has arrived. There is snow on the ground this morning, it will be 60 degrees later today, yes indeed, that would be spring.  I have been hardening off and transplanting cold tolerant veggies, broccoli, kale, lettuce, etc. with one exception/exper...

March 8, 2019

I started experimenting with soil blocks for germination/seedlings last year (2018), this year I'm committed to using 90% soil blocks and reducing my single use plastic. A soil blocker is just like it sounds, you make blocks of soil to plant in without use of plastic c...

February 28, 2019

I was on this Facebook page and a person ask for help fertilizing their yard.  Lots of people use a 4 times a year, call this lawn care company, call that lawn care company.  Me?  I offered the following....

'Grow your soil, not the grass. Take off you ba...

December 14, 2018

Well, the Compost is cooking, my seed order is just about ready, planting schedule is in full development, and the waiting is killing me.  Right after the holidays, I'm going to install an interior plastic layer in the greenhouse to reduce the heating bill.  I'm lookin...

November 14, 2018

After my last post, I started my new compost pile.  Here is the internal temperature probe about two weeks into the process.  It's about 25 F outside, those are frost crystals on around the outside of the thermometer.  Inside, about 130 degrees.  When the temp gets int...

October 30, 2018

Two of my four legged friends are the start point of my compost process.  Daily cleanup yields a number of pounds of manure.  I make piles of the stuff for weeks, adding coffee grounds, grass clippings, fallen fruit, straw, just about anything that's green or brown.  O...

October 29, 2018

I've decided to spend the winter working on writing down thoughts about soils, soil biology, compost, etc.  By no means am I declaring myself an expert, simply a life long learner, trying to come up with the most regenerative, sustainable, methods to use on my market g...

October 11, 2018

I really need to get better about putting my progress in the blog.  Life keeps getting in the way.  

Undoubtedly, the growing season is coming to a close, for first year commercially, I going to call the project a success!!  Over 2000 lbs. of organic vegetable...

September 13, 2018

As the growing season progresses some of the longer season crops start to mature.  This is Glass Gem Corn, an older heirloom popcorn developed by Greg Schoen and Bill McDorman.  It's a cool story about breeding and developing old corn varieties of the Native Americans,...

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