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Monday, June 1, 2015

A Precision Operation @hawksbillhops

We had been talking about what to use in the rows at Hawksbill Hop Yards - we'd looked mainly at clovers, to take advantage of their natural ability to fix nitrogen into the soil.  Around the hops community, there were plenty of other examples to choose from as well.

With all of the rain we've been having - wet spring days - we started to worry about the storm water's impact on the soil between the rows.  Eventually David determined that fescue would do the trick.  He took care of the soil prep and planting last week, being careful to maneuver the equipment between our 12-foot rows - they're generously space for most of the operation, but a little bit of a squeeze for this one.

It won't be long before we see fescue sprouts, and they'll get to work keeping our soil in place and suppressing weeds.  There will still be some work to keep the rows a little tidy, but this is going to take care of a lot of that.

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