So what do we do here at Purple Pear? One of Mark's sayings is "What ever the problem with the soil, the answer is, add organic matter."
Our farm is located on quite marginal land. It is very heavy clay with very poor drainage which gives us an acidic soil. We are continually adding organic matter, using paddock slashings, spoilt hay, weeds thrown in with the hens, and of course compost.
|We have compost heaps scattered throughout the garden. You can't have too many compost heaps!|
|The paths were dug out and the soil thrown onto the bed. Then manure was added.|
In the mandala garden we raised the beds by digging out the paths and throwing that soil onto the beds. We added dry pulverised cow pats, BD preps, green manure crops, and then put the chooks on, and added paddock slashings. Over the past 5 years the soil has become beautiful, rich and friable.
|Mulch is added in with the chooks and when they are moved on the seedlings are planted|
Minerals are added in the form of rock dust which is a component of our compost, and is also a part of our homemade potting mix. So each time we plant a seedling a little bit of extra rockdust minerals is added.
It is important to us that we are able to show that it is possible to grow food successfully even on such marginal land as ours.