Yard Conversions 2013

The grunt work begins! We feel very privileged to be offered access to fellow community members’ spaces. Our project could not exist without their (your) generosity, so many, many thanks! We’ll try to post before/after shots to document the transformation throughout the spring, summer and fall.

Here’s a glimpse of our process from this weekend:

Preparing for the sod cutter

Many hands make light work
Rolling, scrapping, piling & moving
Ready for manure
Backyard action, same location

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East Van Garden Revival

It happens every so often that we receive a previously-cared-for garden. This particular one is on a rare, long and narrow lot in East Van. It has some nice sandy loam soil and a bit of a slope for good drainage. If the health of the buttercup is any indication (which it probably isn’t), there should be lots of nutrients for our veggies. The previous gardeners left us a patch of sunchokes that we harvested for replanting and eating. The discerning-eye will be able to find them in the images below.

Here are some photos of today’s fine weeding and hard work by Cam and Claire.

From the top: first weed one month ago
From below: re-growth
Are weeds cover crops?
From the top: after today’s thorough weeding
From below: Beauty!
Ready to go!

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Yard Conversions cont…

This is one of our larger sites, newly acquired this spring, and across the street from another site of similar proportions. In aggregation, these two plots amount to approximately 1/10th of an acre, which ain’t much in farmspeak, but a whole lot of food is destined to be coaxed from these productive spaces.

Here’s a brief glimpse of the transformation that has been occurring since early spring. We look forward to posting images of the bounty soon enough.

Breaking ground
Rolling sod
Crows love this stage – grub buffet!
Nice edging Drill. Please note the sod compost structure at the North end.
30 yards of goodness from Eco-Soil
Spread, tilled and level
Decreased entropy, for now

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Yard Conversions

The grunt work that is converting a yard to raised beds is coming to an end for us.

Our MO is as follows:
1. Remove sod or weed area
2. Add soil amendment
3. Roto-till (only once, we are mindful of soil structure and tilth)
4. Dig beds
5. Let sit for a week or two before planting

Here are a few process pics.

Alfalfa and Buttercup
Here comes the sun
Holy Horsetail!
Intern Claire dominates the equisetum
Weeded, amended, tilled.
Hot stuff!

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