West Mountain Farm

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Archive for the month “April, 2011”

Hello gardeners and slow food enthusiast!

I live in the magical Ozark mountains, they are deciduous hardwood forest, and filled with all kinds of outdoor adventures. I teach yoga and garden in these hill, which can be very, err….rocky, to say the least. This obviously gives the gardener quite a challenge considering very few cultivated plants like rock and clay for their garden medium. Some (especially river bottom dwellers) are blessed with good soil in these parts. I live on the top of West Mountain we have one inch of pitiful topsoil and then flagstone. Therefore we have relied on composting, buying dirt, and our farm animals to have a rich organic garden. Once established, heavily mulched raised beds with rich soil are very easy to maintain and give you plentiful, nutrient dense, flavorful produce in a small area.

The area I live in is a cool zone 7, so all post will obviously be geared toward gardening in zone 6-8, unless otherwise noted. I also don’t use a tiller, a tractor, or anything mechanical. I sprinkle or use a shovel and  hand cultivator to work amendments in, then I let the worms and microbes do the rest.

When harvest time arrives (which is almost continuous) many are baffled as to preservation methods and sometimes how to cook the plethora of produce (much of which you can’t buy in the store i.e kohlrabi), so I will be posted how-tos on processing, cooking and preserving.

This is a brief introduction on information that what I will be blogging about. More to come soon!

Strawberry plant

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