by Movement Ground Farm
Photo courtesy of Meredith Brower. Tiverton, RI, 2019.
- 700 lbs per acre of ground up peanut, feather, and crab meal
- 67 yards per acre of grass and yard waste turned into compost from Johnston, RI
- 300- 500 lbs per acre of enhanced calcitic lime, depending on your pH levels
- a dash of salt crystals from the Sea of Cortez
- a sprinkling of silica ore from the desserts of Utah
- 10 lbs per acre of sulfate of potash, applied weekly right before and during flowering stage
- optional – fermented fish, emulsified, as needed/ to taste
Pre-prep time: 48 hours over the course of the winter and spring – including taking a soil sample and sending it off to the labs, consulting with soil scientists about amendment plans, scanning your sources to know where and how companies are sourcing their ingredients, selecting a plan that is both good for your soil health and fits your budget.
Prep time: 40 – 60 hours but could feel like months as wind, rain, and soggy soils will prevent you on most days.
- Start with a Newport Silt Loam, classified as prime agricultural soil – filled with iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur – all found in the thin layer of our earth’s crust, formed in combination with humus – the breakdown of quadrillions of once living organisms and their biological bodies and processes. These soils have been churned from several millions years of continental plate friction, crushing the bedrock consisting of conglomerate, sandstone, shales, and coals of the Carboniferous period.
- In a gigantic bowl the size of a football field, spread calcitic lime, and mix in before the wind or rain blow and wash it away. Let sit for one to four months to raise your pH.
- Fold in a heavy layer of compost – ideally with a manure spreader adjusted to spread a ½ inch layer
- Beat in 700 lbs of a general N-P-K fertilizer, in this case a 5-1-1 mix predominately made of feather, crab, and peanut meal
- Add a dash of salt crystals and a sprinkling of silica ore
- Begin marking out and making your transplant beds, direct seeding beds, and pathways.
- Bake throughout the summer, in temperatures ranging between 60 and 100 degrees F.
- Irrigate on dry weeks, especially during the months of July, August, and September
- Add fish emulsion and sea kelp as needed