It’s officially summer and the plants and animals here at Tangled Roots Farm are basking in sunshine and growing very quickly. The broilers went out to pasture at the end of last week, and they are doing a great job following the goats to finish up the forage and clean up the bugs.
Meanwhile, down in the orchard the pigs are enjoying in the sun (and mud) and fattening up:
After the pigs have turned up their pen, we move them along into a new section (about once every 4 days) and seed the bare, fertilized soil. This patch was seeded with a soil building mix of peas, oats, and vetch last week:
Lucas spent this lovely morning spraying biodynamic preparation 501, a foliar spray to help the plants absorb the warmth and light of these summer days. And here’s a photo of our hops, already far above my head.
Up in the woods, we are clearing trees to make way for the new goat house/high tunnel. We hope to start erecting it within the next month and have the goats in their new home by the end of the summer.
Shiitakes are coming on slowly but surely:
And finally, all the plants are in and the garden continues to grow:
And the fastest growing of all?