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Sowing, seeding need right combination

By Dean Mullis
Dean Mullis
Dean Mullis writes from Laughing Owl Farm in Richfield.

I got all the cover crops sown and Jenifer transplanted a bunch of lettuce, lacinato kale and beets. It only took up 4-5 hours of our Sunday afternoon, but we were glad we did it before the rain came on Monday.

I use an Earthway bag spreader. Fill it up, set the rate, strap it around your neck, and then walk across the field cranking the handle. Sounds simple, and it is, sort of ...

I only sowed a little more than an acre but I had to walk over that acre four times ...

This is the process: Till the ground, set the rate on the spreader, and sow rye and vetch. Even though rye and vetch use the same setting on the spreader, 3.5, you can’t mix the seed because of the seed size difference.

Clovers need a firm seedbed, so after sowing the rye and vetch, I rolled it with a cultipacker.

There is enough seed size difference between crimson and ladino clover that they need to be sown separately. And then rolled again with the cultipacker.

P.S., I love you

Saturday is our 22nd wedding anniversary. We are going to do something fun or something. Condolences can be sent to …

Dean Mullis writes from Laughing Owl Farm in Richfield;
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