Preparation for Tasty and Nutritious Phocas Farms Veggies: Soil Amendments

Why does your  Phocas Farms produce taste so good and is loaded with wonderful healthy nutrients?

The backbone of an organic or eco-friendly garden is it's fertile soil.  Soil structure is as important as fertility . .  and besides the "big 3"  nutrients -  nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium, plants need a variety of minerals and microbial organisms.  Phocas Farms' gardening methods naturally provide soil enrichment necessary to maintain a healthy organic soil which in turn provides healthy nutritious crops.

Compost 

Crop rotation

Green manures or cover crops

All these components sponsor fertility, suppress weeds, and provide a break in pest cycles, plus produce a "pool" of nutrients.

So, not only does Steve provide much TLC to the actual vegetable which shows up in your CSA bag each week, but he is continually renewing the land in which they are planted, to bring you the healthiest, most nutritious packed product.

 

Compost is the main component in healthy organic soil.  Compost provides humus or decomposed vegetable matter which builds soil texture.  Compost was once a living matter and it contains all the elements and trace minerals that were once part of living vegetation.  Compost adds nutrients directly to the soil in a form that is immediately usable by the plant.

Nothing goes to waste at the farm.  The trimmings, imperfect plants and produce, and even weeds, go into these compost piles to break down into a usuable form.

 

I'm sure you've noticed at various times throughout the year one of the fields growing a beautiful green plant that densely covers the entire field.  This is Red Crimson Clover.  In the spring, this cover crop puts out beautiful reddish pink blooms which draw in thousands of lady bugs.  These lady bugs disperse throughout the farm and prey on the bad insects.  The crop is then turned back into the land and provides much green matter in the form of nutrients and minerals which feed the new vegetables planted in that area.

 

Another cover crop you may remember seeing at the farm . . . . Sorghum Sudan.  Again, this crop is cut and turned back into the land to replenish it of lost nutrients.

 

So, you can see, that the work is never done at the farm.  Steve is continually planning and working to provide you with the most nutritious product.  If you ever have questions about the processes which take place at Phocas Farms, Steve always welcomes your concerns.  He has a passion for what he does and for the end product he provides to his customers.

 

 

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1. Peter J Cabrel wrote:
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Sincerely,
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(404) 513-9353
The Big Pine Farm
Post Office Box 748
Sunny Side, Georgia, 30284

September 22, 2015 @ 8:27 AM

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The Big Pine Farm
Post Office Box 748
Sunny Side, Georgia, 30284

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