The Eastside of the Produce Department is what we have called "The Sacrificial Land." What is being sacrificed? Plants! There are a couple of ways to amend the soil. Dump a lot of money in the ground by purchasing the greatest soil you can find, or plant sacrificial plants, let them grow one cycle, then "kill, rest, till" and bring the soil back to life. I am doing an experiment in this area. The left side of the picture is where you see the darker soil, which has a garden soil mix (compost/topsoil mix) that I purchased from a local soil company. The right side has less of the good soil. This is where the science experiment will be taking place!
I am going to grow the following cover crops and have the plants fix the soil condition!
Dundale Pea-Pisum sativum subsp. arvense. Non-GMO. Heirloom. Open-Pollinated. Often known as "field pea" or simply "Dun pea", the non-GMO Dundale pea is a popular cool-weather cover crop, widely grown for its nitrogen-replenishing benefits and fertile, all-natural springtime "green manure". Although an ancient old-world heirloom, Dun pea annual seeds are in a renaissance as an essential cover crop, heirloom sprouting seed, and non-GMO microgreens variety. Dundale pea is open-pollinated and quick to mature 24-48" tall as a classic vining field pea that will produce all season long while restoring essential nutrients to depleted garden soils.
Garbanzo Bean-Cicer arietinum. Cover Crop. Organic. Heirloom. Similar to Daikon radish and mustard cover crops, organic garbanzo bean seed is grown for its uniquely deep taproot known to break up firm, uncultivated soils to prepare for the growing season. And like all legumes and cover crops, non-GMO organic garbanzo is a beneficial nitrogen-fixing crop, able to repair damaged and deficient soils during the grow season or, most commonly, tilled back into the garden as an all-natural organic green compost.
Cover crops are often referred to as "green manure" because they transfer so many nutrients to your soil, much like animal waste. With certain types of cover crops, you can select a seed or seed mix whose primary purpose is to fix the nitrogen and/or potassium levels of your soil. Basically, you can control which nutrients you intend to repair in your soil, helping to bring your soil or garden back to the ideal NPK balance. Here, you'll find seeds and seed mixes for you to plant and replenish your soil! (TrueLeafMarket)
If this works, there is going to be a massive amount of peas and beans that I can eat while nature is fixing the problem! Everybody's happy!!
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The National Wildlife Federation (NWF), America's largest wildlife conservation and education organization, is pleased that Kozue Maye at Poof Dirt Farms in Pahrump, NV has successfully created a certified Wildlife Habitat through its garden for "Wildlife" movement.