What did you do to prep today??

Inazone

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Planted potatoes and onions in the Ruth Stout beds. Lots of worms at the soil level! Still some weeds growing through, though.
I'm curious to hear how that's working for you a month or two down the road. I was going to try the "lasagna gardening" method but ending up just putting down a thick layer of dried leaves. Should make weeding easier and hopefully almost unnecessary, but whether or not my potatoes actually grow is another matter entirely.
 

AGreyMan

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I'm curious to hear how that's working for you a month or two down the road. I was going to try the "lasagna gardening" method but ending up just putting down a thick layer of dried leaves. Should make weeding easier and hopefully almost unnecessary, but whether or not my potatoes actually grow is another matter entirely.
@Back40 is the one who has the most experience with this method. I decided to give it a try after reading his posts. So far I am still on the fence. I have a lot of grass coming up through the hay. That could be because I didn’t put it on thick enough, or some other operator error reason. But in planting the potatoes, I noticed a boatload of worms, which is always a good sign!
 

Back40

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@Back40 is the one who has the most experience with this method. I decided to give it a try after reading his posts. So far I am still on the fence. I have a lot of grass coming up through the hay. That could be because I didn’t put it on thick enough, or some other operator error reason. But in planting the potatoes, I noticed a boatload of worms, which is always a good sign!
I've put a tarp out during the non-growing times to ensure nothing grows. Also tilled, smoothed, and put 12" of hay out in the first fall.

I do have a little bit of grass coming through this season that I didn't have last season. It shouldn't really affect anything, and I'll just cover it all with a tarp to kill it off after harvest.
 

AGreyMan

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I've put a tarp out during the non-growing times to ensure nothing grows. Also tilled, smoothed, and put 12" of hay out in the first fall.

I do have a little bit of grass coming through this season that I didn't have last season. It shouldn't really affect anything, and I'll just cover it all with a tarp to kill it off after harvest.
Maybe it’s a zone thing: There’s only one growing season this far north. I might try covering with black weed barrier after I harvest the potatoes. It’s porous enough to let some of the rain through, and might cut down on the weeds. The hay probably had weed seeds in it, too.
 

Back40

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Maybe it’s a zone thing: There’s only one growing season this far north. I might try covering with black weed barrier after I harvest the potatoes. It’s porous enough to let some of the rain through, and might cut down on the weeds. The hay probably had weed seeds in it, too.
That could be, yep. I use a tarp in the late summer to kill off everything underneath there. It's over 95 degrees and the weeds/grass that did make it through die off right then and there.

But I could see that maybe not working in your area...
 

LostViking

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In anticipation of things not improving, I grabbed 4 cans of this.
https://www.bmbeans.com/product/brown-bread-plain

I prefer the plain version, but you can get a raisin version as well.

It's one of those comfort foods from my childhood. It works for prepping/survival,
but it rocks as an easy tasty treat anytime.

Straight out of the can or lightly toasted with some cream cheese. if you have to eat out of a can,
you could do much worse than canned bread.

Had a slice this morning with my coffee. Great treat.

You can also make this yourself, and as usual the home made stuff is even better than the store bought stuff.
 

240Geezer

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In anticipation of things not improving, I grabbed 4 cans of this.
https://www.bmbeans.com/product/brown-bread-plain

I prefer the plain version, but you can get a raisin version as well.

It's one of those comfort foods from my childhood. It works for prepping/survival,
but it rocks as an easy tasty treat anytime.

Straight out of the can or lightly toasted with some cream cheese. if you have to eat out of a can,
you could do much worse than canned bread.

Had a slice this morning with my coffee. Great treat.

You can also make this yourself, and as usual the home made stuff is even better than the store bought stuff.
I have a can or two around. It’s reasonably priced.
My bosses wife makes a version from some ancient recipe. It’s good but to me it “needs something”.
Don’t know what. A tad more molasses or salt or something.
 

HandLoad

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There is a great Youtube Author that has recipes for drinks and foods from early Colonial America...

He often offers the titles of the Cookbooks of yore. I have found many great recipes from his research (and demonstrations!)

Go YouTubing, and using "Search", type in "Townsends" (without the ")
 
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