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Looking from the pond toward the future site of the organic vegetable garden to the south. (August 2, 2016)

Looking from the pond toward the future site of the organic vegetable garden to the south. (August 2, 2016)

Mowing pasture to prepare for plowing. (August 1, 2016)

Mowing pasture to prepare for plowing. (August 1, 2016)

Supplies gathered to collect soil samples for basic structure/composition analysis. Samples were collected from 4 locations within the prospective garden location.  (August 3, 2016)

Supplies gathered to collect soil samples for basic structure/composition analysis. Samples were collected from 4 locations within the prospective garden location.  (August 3, 2016)

Each jar was filled about halfway with soil, then water was added and the jars were shaken for 2 minutes.  After allowing a few days for settling, the different sizes of soil particles settle to their respective depths in the jar - clay (smallest) on top, sand (largest) on bottom, with silt settling in the middle between the clay and sand. Small rocks on the very bottom.  Organic debris at the very top.  Here we see that clay is still suspended in the water - it would take weeks for it to settle completely - there's a lot of clay in this soil. (August 10, 2016)

Each jar was filled about halfway with soil, then water was added and the jars were shaken for 2 minutes.  After allowing a few days for settling, the different sizes of soil particles settle to their respective depths in the jar - clay (smallest) on top, sand (largest) on bottom, with silt settling in the middle between the clay and sand. Small rocks on the very bottom.  Organic debris at the very top.  Here we see that clay is still suspended in the water - it would take weeks for it to settle completely - there's a lot of clay in this soil. (August 10, 2016)

Each jar showed the same results = about 60% clay, 30% silt, and 10% sand.  (August 10, 2016)

Each jar showed the same results = about 60% clay, 30% silt, and 10% sand.  (August 10, 2016)

Pulling a 14" single bottom plow to speedily turn pasture into garden. (August 8, 2016)

Pulling a 14" single bottom plow to speedily turn pasture into garden. (August 8, 2016)

Looking toward the north.  The plow worked surprisingly well considering how dry the soil was. (August 9, 2016)

Looking toward the north.  The plow worked surprisingly well considering how dry the soil was. (August 9, 2016)

Pulling a disc harrow to chop the plowed pasture. (August 15, 2016)

Pulling a disc harrow to chop the plowed pasture. (August 15, 2016)

Stopping to pick up rocks while pulling the disc harrow. (August 15, 2016)

Stopping to pick up rocks while pulling the disc harrow. (August 15, 2016)

Another soil sample collected - this time for submittal to Cornell Cooperative Extension for analysis related to soil health - pH, % organic mater, nutrient composition, etc.  This was collected from 4 different locations and then aggregated into one sample.  At each sampling location, a sample was collected with a shovel like slicing a piece of cake containing the whole profile of the soil from the top and down to 8 inches.  These were then mixed together in a bucket and rocks and organic debris was removed. (August 18, 2016)

Another soil sample collected - this time for submittal to Cornell Cooperative Extension for analysis related to soil health - pH, % organic mater, nutrient composition, etc.  This was collected from 4 different locations and then aggregated into one sample.  At each sampling location, a sample was collected with a shovel like slicing a piece of cake containing the whole profile of the soil from the top and down to 8 inches.  These were then mixed together in a bucket and rocks and organic debris was removed. (August 18, 2016)

Using the tractor with roto-tiller to chop up the pasture grass and speed its decay. (August 29, 2016)

Using the tractor with roto-tiller to chop up the pasture grass and speed its decay. (August 29, 2016)

Utilizing the BCS 2-wheeled/walk-behind tractor with a Berta rotary plow (both great finds on Craigslist!) implement for creating the permanent raised beds. This tool drills into the soil and ejects the soil to the right side of the machine - thus creating a hill and furrow. (September 9, 2016)

Utilizing the BCS 2-wheeled/walk-behind tractor with a Berta rotary plow (both great finds on Craigslist!) implement for creating the permanent raised beds. This tool drills into the soil and ejects the soil to the right side of the machine - thus creating a hill and furrow. (September 9, 2016)

The BCS and rotary plow allowed me to shape 60 raised garden beds (each 30 inches wide x 50 feet long) in only one day! (September 9, 2016)

The BCS and rotary plow allowed me to shape 60 raised garden beds (each 30 inches wide x 50 feet long) in only one day! (September 9, 2016)

I purchased a used 30 foot x 48 foot gothic style high tunnel from a farm located about 1.5 hours away.  It took about 16 hours to take it down.  (September 15, 2016)

I purchased a used 30 foot x 48 foot gothic style high tunnel from a farm located about 1.5 hours away.  It took about 16 hours to take it down.  (September 15, 2016)

A rental truck and trailer was needed since the high tunnel (including lumber) weighed over 3,000 LBS and sections of it are over 12 feet long (in this photo, most of the high tunnel is still sitting in side the truck and trailer).  (September 21, 2016)

A rental truck and trailer was needed since the high tunnel (including lumber) weighed over 3,000 LBS and sections of it are over 12 feet long (in this photo, most of the high tunnel is still sitting in side the truck and trailer).  (September 21, 2016)

Sun rising over the trees and the pile that will soon be a high tunnel.  Very happy to be out of Chicago and able to see this.  (September 22, 2016)

Sun rising over the trees and the pile that will soon be a high tunnel.  Very happy to be out of Chicago and able to see this.  (September 22, 2016)

Now that all the beds have been shaped, rock removal effort is focused inside the growing area of each bed.  With this fork, (actually made for silage or manure) I'm able to sift rocks out and toss them in the wheel barrow.  The super dry soil actually is helping with this task!

Now that all the beds have been shaped, rock removal effort is focused inside the growing area of each bed.  With this fork, (actually made for silage or manure) I'm able to sift rocks out and toss them in the wheel barrow.  The super dry soil actually is helping with this task!