February 25, 2018

Wool-Canola Mulch System – August Establishment Year

August of Establishment Year

Preparation and planting of wool-canola mulch system.

Images are from MNCROC in Morris, MN; Fairhaven Farm in Southhaven, MN; and Berry Ridge Farm in Alexandria, MN

create hills

Semi raised beds are created with a hilling machine.


planting

Raised beds have been measured for transplant spacing. Transplants are planted in staggered double ribbon rows, spaced approximately 10 inches.


spacing

Close up of staggered double ribbon row transplant spacing.


drip irrigation

A drip irrigation system has been installed while the newly planted transplants are being direclty watered.


rolling wool

Wool mulch material is rolled out over the newly planted and watered transplants.


slit spacing

By reaching under the wool mulch material transplants are located, a small slit (about 4 inches) is cut in the wool, and the transplant is coaxed through the slit.


soil over edges of wool

Soil is spread up over the edges of the wool mulch material to secure it in place.


watering transplants

Transplants are direclty watered immediately after slits are cut.


spreading canola

Canola seed is spread between the rows.

 


 

One week after installation of wool-canola mulch system.

One week after installation of wool-canola mulch system. Transplants are growing
through slits in wool mulch. Canola is coming up between the semi-raised beds. 


Strawberry transplants growing through slits in wool mulch. Canola is growing between rows.


Strawberry transplant growing through slit in wool mulch.


Canola one week after spreading seed.

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