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What’s Growing? Soil Health

Hello, northern Michigan! Guess what?  It’s time to start growing again.

Joining me today is Andrea Bushre, Director of Operations with NanBop Farm here at Heritage Broadcasting and Connor Witbeck from Morgan composting.

We’re out here in the lawn, lawn slash kind of lawnish to a field.

First of all, soil health, we can tell there’s a wide variation right now.

Connor, tell me about it?

“Absolutely. So obviously you can tell over here we’ve maintained this, we’ve built that soil health up, adding organic matter by adding all those nutrients keeping it healthy trying to save up for later on. Then your transition over here where stuff hasn’t been quite done as much, so you can see we’ve got some sand there’s a color difference in the plants, you see a lot more weed pressure. So it’s a very big difference.”

The key thing is setting the lawn up for the future with great nutrients and lots of organics.

While we are at this transition spot it won’t stay that way for the lawn.

Andrea says changes are coming: “Yeah, yeah. So actually where we are right now is going to be at a community garden in the future. We’re going to be starting by you know, ripping up the land and tilling it a little bit and then adding some cover crops so that that land isn’t bare for the whole time. And by doing that we’re protecting the soil health and kind of knocking down the weed seed bank, which is one of the main problems that we’re going to have here. Yeah, that’s kind of the goal with the lawn right now.”

Connor notes with prices up you really want to get the bang for your buck. He says using Dairy Doo products will do just that not just in the short term but long term as well.

The good news is most of you are not looking at a huge area to grow. Raised beds are a great alternative to grow vegetables, flowers, and herbs.  That’s what we’ll be talking about next week.