It has been so much fun watching the winter squash and pumpkins grow. We kept the weeds down really well when they were first transplanted, and since then, they have just thrived. We’ve sown a cover crop over them so that when we are done harvesting, there will be plenty of forage and crop residue for the sheep to graze.
The winter wheat we planted last year has gone to seed again, so although it is a weed amongst the feed corn, it’s still good food for the animals as well. As a biodynamic farm, we strive to produce most of the animal feed on-farm, and this is one way we are working toward that goal. This also improves the soil, and in the future, we will be able to plant vegetables (for humans) in that spot. Vegetables like brassicas and potatoes require a lot of nutrients from the soil, and cover cropping and grazing animals on the land will add much fertility.