2 1/2 weeks after planting, the alfalfa is growing. so excited that it has survived. though our soil samples indicated the soil was okay, the looks of it and the smell and all the rocks had us doubting whether anything could thrive here…apparently, our fears were unfounded. the alfalfa will add nitrogen to the soil, put down a tap root to help break it up and provide good on-farm compost so we can work towards elliot coleman’s suggestion for producing all nutrients on site. now we just have to move the raised beds and finish tilling up the remaining area to make uninterrupted rows for planting next season.