We are preparing the soil in my converted garden area to plant the mother plants from the small greenhouse. We are testing a product called Bio-Char, it is made from trees that have died.
The process turns the wood fiber in carbon nano-tubes. It is used to help improve soils by holding water, nutrients and organisms in the soil. It can also help detox the soil if needed. I am learning more about this product, there is a lot of information on the internet. We think there is an opportunity in turning our hemp stocks into Bio-char to help improve the soil conditions and health of the fields. There is still no where to process our hemp stocks at this time. I like the idea of being able to use all of the plant.
Along with the bio-char being tested in the garden we made a compost tea called Bokashi and have applied the pulp for fertilizer. Once again there is a lot of good information on the internet about how and why Bokashi works. Once tilled we are going to lay the mulch and drip lines. Then let the planting outdoors begin. The mothers will continue to supply clones for the fields. These plants will be used to fill in where the hemp seeds did not sprout.
The field under the pivot is looking great – our oat cover crop is growing tall so the hemp seeds that have been planted have shade and protection. Some plants are about 6 inches tall already. We are expanding our pivot by adding an additional tower. Clones will be planted under the new addition to the pivot.
One of the unique attributes of this property is our spring water, it runs underground for many miles in clay and glacier rock purifying the water. It bubbles up from the ground and we pipe it to our fields. We have had the water tested many times for chemicals and heavy metals and have always found zero harmful chemicals.
Another benefit to this property is there are no other farms within 2 to 3 miles of us so we do not worry about drift of chemicals being sprayed by other farms.