bed preparation

The broadfork

One of many tasks underway on this very beautiful day is tillage by way of the broadfork.

20140412-120727.jpg Bed prep with the broadfork

This tool helps to aerate, till and loosen compacted soil deeply, all by leveraging your own body weight. The benefit of using the broadfork for tillage over something mechanical is that the broadfork is much less disruptive to the soil’s structure (i.e. earthworms and microbes don’t get chewed up). So, this tool’s use comes highly recommended by most organic farm gurus (Eliot Coleman, Barbara Damrosch, John Jeavons, Pam Dawling, Jean- Martin Fortier….). It is a glad addition to our tool supply. This particular fork shown is the 14″ tine option from Meadow Creature. I think I am getting the hang of it though it is slower going than I expected (physicality on a warm day = clear evidence that I am out of training).

Anyway, after this step comes a beautiful layer of compost, a good raking, then 100s if not 1000s of onions, carrots and beets! One bed down, the rest of the garden to go! 🙂