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To encourage and nurture this new biology the steps following tillage included compost application, mulched pathways, mycorrhizal inoculation on transplants, application of LAB (Lactic Acid Bacteria) to soil and plants alongside consistent irrigation. These practices will continue as long as the soil indicates they are needed. LAB is one method of many in the Korean Natural Farming community that we are experimenting with this year. These mushrooms tell me we're heading in the right direction.

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In March we built a new market garden plot of permanent raised beds. We tarped the area for 2 months then tilled. In doing so we unearthed all kinds of trash that the careless generation before us left behind, and concluded that whatever biology was in the soil was probably glad to be put out of its misery. Here we are 2 months later and the biology is now abundant and thriving. In this case, tilling was a useful tool for the acute treatment of biologically lethargic soil.

"Where there is food, there will be life;
Where there is low stress, there will be good life;
When stress rises the good life becomes the food."
- Gil Carandang

I love this time of year, when the bebe buns emerge. Today while visiting my dad and walking through his garden I spotted a baby bun snoozing under the arugula like it was a tiny creature pergola. How magical it must be to be a baby bun napping under arugula. These photos are from our garden. This little bun seemed blissed out by the lavender. Me too. 🐰 🌿

We started planting at our beginning farmer incubator space today. We prepped the beds with mushroom compost, sowed the seeds, and then applied LAB (lactic acid bacteria) and Dandelion FPJ (fermented plant juice) amendments. We made the LAB and FPJ ourselves, following the Korean Natural Farming techniques.

1 bed of beans sowed ✅, 19 beds of other delights to go.

When food is this beautiful you eat twice; once with your eyes and later on your plate.

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Images are: rainbow chard, buttercrunch bib lettuce heads, oregano, and strawberries. The strawberries are planted in our experimental Hügelkultur bed.

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A few more photos - sage in bloom, the morning's radish harvest, and valerian working on some blooms.

I thought I'd share some photos from our market garden. This is our first year growing for our community. Our practices are no-till, regenerative, with a focus on nurturing soil biology. Our garden is in a small urban location, growing on about 1/8 acre or so.

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