Wednesday, 30 October 2019

ORGANIC FARMING- HARVESTS UPDATE AND RESULTS OF THE SOIL TESTING


When the rains started we started plating furiously like all the farmers in Kwale who rely on the rainy seasons to produce. Despite having a well we have found growth and production does slow during the dry spells when we use our well water. (high in Chlorides)

We have had some issues with the heavy rains damaging seedlings, the fresh hatching of pests taking more.. but such is the way of organic farming. Healthy fruit and vegetables but the losses to the ecosystem are higher. More natural predators are essential.. so think what they like and need and ensure you have these around your farm. (IE Rock piles for lizards, bush/brush piles for hedgehogs)



This rains we have planted a lot of cow peas in the beds which were producing leaf greens before, this is to fix nitrogen back in the soil. 

Results from our recent soil test (Thank you Cropnuts Ltd) have shown that, in general over 5 test points, we have soil that is a little too Alkaline, (maybe due to the water from the well and the wood ash used to deter slugs and snails) we have too much Phosphorus in a couple of locations (too much composting) and we have high organic matter. (less composting and we will be considering adding some sand to break up the soil and allow it to be more airy (Hydrogen was too low on all points- a little gentle tilling might help).

Difficult at the coast- Broccoli
So what have we been producing in the past month?

Eggs.

Carrots, Pumpkins, Gerkins, Dhania, Kress, Rucola, Sukuma, Red Mustard leaf, Parsley, Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Egg Plant, Mint, Broccoli, Spring Onions, Chives, Rosemary, Okra, Green Chilli's and Scotch Bonnet Chilli's.

Guavas, Pawpaws, Passion Fruit, Lemons, Bananas, Custard Apples

Aaand we have a few trials of some new stuff on the way.. if it works. ;0)

















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