Many fields are pretty bare right now. The broccoli we brought to market Friday was growing in this field until Friday morning, when it was mowed with a “flail” mower which chops the plants to bits. You can see the thick stems running down the rows. The earthworms will come up and eat, helping digest the soil and leaving the roots in place helps keep the structure of the soil intact. As soon as it’s dry enough to support the tractor, this field will be tilled in preparation for planting.
March 13, 2011