1. Turning out. When one plot/field is harvested out, such as the corn field, our goat herd is turned out to graze it down. Hens will scratch up seeds and bugs turning it over as they go. I also allow hens to work the greenhouse soils..bugs are especially fond of making a home in the greenhouse.
2. Turning under. Where the garden is not completely harvested, such as the field where tomatoes and okra reside with squash and cukes, we turn under or till sections that are spent. Due to rain, the green beans and squash have gone to rust; they will be tilled under and allowed to 'die out' during the heat.
3. Trim down. Pruning and propagating tomatoes and herbs will bring new transplants for cooler days. Tomatoes are already working in the soil; basil, rosemary, cat nip and such are being snipped this week.
4. Take note. My garden notebook is ever by my side as notes are made for crop rotation and planting plans. Corn will go in between the pepper plants; leafy greens will be planted just where the squash were, and so on.
5. Inventory. I make lists of seeds on hand and seeds needed. Herein we refer to our garden notes determining what tomato was a good producer or which beans lasted through the heat.
6. Plan. Some plants direct seed and some need started indoors. Notes and plans are set for starting squashes and cole crops to give them a strong root system before they are put in the ground.
7. Wait. I hate waiting for the soil temps to take a turn, but...we do what we must.