Under cover crops?

While we plant vegetables that will inspire the chefs this winter, 
part of the seasonal plan for our farm is planting cover crops. 
"Planting a cover crop brings many benefits. It can improve the soil, prevent erosion, enhance drainage, inhibit weeds and attract beneficial insects,"
 which makes this practice a significant part of our biodynamic farming
"Cover cropping and crop rotations are two organic gardening practices 
that can protect and rejuvenate soils, while fostering 
balanced, biological diverse garden ecosystems."
fava beans planted behind the fig
Mustard is another good cover crop-hard to see,
but there are small green bits of mustard starting to grow
Growing Your Greens is the most watched gardening show on YouTube. 
In this episode, John Kuhler demonstrates "harvesting" mature fava bean plants, 
not to eat them (although you can do that), but to either cut them down 
or plow them under to access the rich nitrogen this cover plant 
brings to the soil. Fava beans are "nitrogen fixing" plants 
which pull nitrogen from the air and put it into the soil. 
In a few months, we will be doing something similar to this 
at the farm to reap the benefits of the fava beans we are planting now. 
This video gives you a good idea how to do this, even in a small space at home. 
You will get a close-up view of the root nodules that are "nitrogen central" for this plant. 

Our farm project encompasses the garden behind the fig 
(where our farm-to-table all started) and the farm at 
Imagery Estate Winery and we have cover crops at both locations.
fava seeds
fava beans as cover crops
Simultaneous with our work at the farm, we are keeping things 
going behind the fig: In addition to our cover crops, microgreens in the greenhouse 
and the worm bin, we are planning to create an insectary in the back area
two varieties of thyme in the greenhouse

new micro greens to plant
the worm bin a few weeks after creating it-
how many worms are in there?
the beginning of the insectary
Matt from Local Landscapers is starting the insectary
with wildflower seeds. He is still deciding what else to plant.
The farm at the fig also includes the raised beds right outside the greenhouse. 
In the summer, herbs overflow here making it easy for the chefs 
to dash outside the kitchen door to pick just what they need. 
Now the raised beds offer quick transport and protected spots 
for some of our fragile starts.

these onions growing in the raised beds

started out small in the greenhouse 

soon there will be onions ready for the kitchen
onions on the grill at the girl & the fig
All the work we do is a part of the cycle of 
farm to table and we keep it going all year long, 
no matter what the season.

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