Yesterday I spent ALL DAY outside. I cleaned the stalls in the barn, turned the compost and manure piles, cleaned the chicken coop, and worked in the garden. I planted peas, lettuce and the onions that didn't get big enough last year, directly into the garden.
We have been really putting a lot of time and planning into this garden. Last year we had to start from scratch. The soil is a rocky clay and horrible for planting. If you are new to the blog you can read about what we did here:
Great Garden Soil
Great Garden Soil 2
Great Garden Soil - Coffee Grounds
So after all our hard work, how is the soil this spring? In a word... Awesome!
We never got around to covering the entire garden with wood chips to over winter, so the only spot covered was where the tomatoes were. While all the soil is rich and beautiful, where the wood chips were it didn't need to be broken up. Wood chips had prevented the soil from compacting with all the snow and moisture.
|Wood chip area|
I was able to work the soil about 6 inches deep with just a rake. This will be a perfect spot for my carrots.
We need to get into gear and get our wood chips hauled in.
You may have noticed some new additions to the garden. Nathan and I made a bean trellis. It still lacks the horizontal rungs, but we'll get there.
We also moved stones from the back of the house into the garden to make a path. When we add the wood chips they will be level with the ground.
|Note all the bags of coffee grounds. I have this stuff coming out of my ears.|
I also added a wheelbarrow load of old manure to the area where I'm going to plant tomatoes, cucumbers and peas. They can use the extra nitrogen to get established.
When cleaning the stalls, I started a new manure pile for summer. I don't want to mix the aged stuff with the fresh.
Shoveling cow poo is a dirty, dusty job but the benefits are great. Organic manure to add to my compost pile and garden. No smell and nutrient rich. Pictures don't do this stuff justice.
Welcome Spring! I'm so glad you're here!