JB40 News

Time to Think Spring...Equinox (WIP)


Spring equinox is the day of every year when the length (duration) of the day equals approximately the length (duration) of night. 

For 2018 (for Milton, Delaware):
January 24 - first day > 10 hours daylight
February 21 - first day > 11 hours daylight
March 17 (Spring Equinox) - 12 hours daylight

Search the internet for "How much sunlight do vegetables need" and you'll find a number of pdf's (here's one) about the different requirements of different crops.

Turnips - "The Other White Beet"


We've been focusing on finding the crops that consistently do better in our region; on those crops which are going to produce larger yields and respond better to our attempts to increase nutrient density.

One of the crops which we are having more success with is the turnip.

This underappreciated vegetable is a good choice for a fall crop because it can be stored, is a flexible ingredient (we like turnip soup), and even the greens - better tasting when the turnip is younger - are healthy for you.

Eclipses and Cow Pies


I'm a week late, but the other day it came to me that there are some similarities between solar eclipses and cow pies.

We watched the solar eclipse last week on the NASA TV internet feed.  At one point, they interviewed an astronaut who had flown on several of the space shuttle missions.  His perspective was interesting, especially compared to the scientific explanations given by the TV broadcast team and the"Wow, I'm glad I got to see that!" comments of the folks across the country after seeing the eclipse.

Mowing With Molasses


For the past few weeks as we've been moving the cattle from pasture to pasture, we've been following behind with the rotary cutter ("bush hog") to artificially graze the taller grasses and weeds which are less palatable to the cattle.

We mow the pastures at a height which will just slightly cut the tops of shorter grasses while hopefully stressing the taller weeds.  The goal is to develop a diverse, native population of legumes, grasses, and other vegetation which will benefit the soil and cattle.