Tuesday, April 19, 2011

cover (crop) girl





















WWOOFer Clare (from near Auburn, Alabama) helps take down a portion of our winter cover crop, to make room for tomatoes. Feeling green, and curious, we use a scythe, the tool that fed much of the world until the 19th century and the advent of horse-drawn (and later, steam and internal combustion engine-driven) reapers and threshers. It makes quick work of our 30 x 60 foot plot. The challenge, we discover, is to cut low enough so as not to leave a lot of stubble, but high enough to avoid scraping the ground and dulling the blade.
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