Thursday, April 9, 2020

Using Plastic Mulch

Using Black Plastic Mulch for Soil Prep

Over the past year or so, I have been experimenting with a method for soil prep using plastic mulch.  The quick version is that when you cover the ground with plastic mulch, the weeds can't grow, and worms and other soil life can thrive under the protective layer of plastic and do amazing things to the soil.  I now believe this to be very true. 

In the short video below, you will see what we found when we moved our plastic after leaving it sit for I think over a year.  It did a great job keeping the massive amounts of morning glory in the space from making a huge mess, and we were very happy with the results.  We have big plans for this space, and I am excited to get this next garden adventure started. 

Simple Chick Starting Method

Starting Chicks the Easy Way

It will come as no surprise to anyone who has explored this blog that we have chickens.  Most people raise chickens for their eggs and maybe the meat you can get once an older bird has finished her most productive years.  Around here, I believe the biggest role my chickens have played is that of soil generator.  If you manage them correctly and learn how to compost, you can end up with an amazing amount of high quality growing material.  

But, in order for this to happen, you have to have chickens, and for most people, that. means starting with some chicks.  In the short video below I detail the system that we used most recently here in the spring of 2020.  There are certainly more elaborate methods, and I will likely have to piece together something on a bit larger scale for them here soon, but in general, this short video details just how simple it can be to get some chicks started.