FEEDING THE SOIL

FEEDING THE SOIL

Feeding the soil is the base of having a healthy body. Building a rich nutrient rich soil feeds the plants which in turn feeds us. The circle of life. This time of the year I have a lot of ‘green’ matter to compost. Some goes onto the compost pile, others are spread for a mulch and some I dig in around a plant. When doing the digging in I make sure I am away from the root ball of the plant.

Worked in the garden spreading grass clippings in an area close to the house that I want to grow more EDIBLE weeds. I also dug in some of my kitchen scraps, shredded newspaper and then mulched with a thick layer of newspaper and grass clippings around my new plantings of daylillies. Making sure I didn’t get too close to the root ball with these FRESH kitchen scraps. It should break down over the next 9 months. It will then be a fertile soil and the daylillies NEW root growth will reach into this rich broken down soil. Feeding the daylilly great nutrients.

Those of you who have followed me know that I use the LASAGNA METHOD of amending my veggie beds. Soon that will be in full swing. Usually after the first heavy frost. So right now I am still doing the ‘chop and drop’ method of mulching my gardens. Saves me a lot of extra work and time.

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3 thoughts on “FEEDING THE SOIL

  1. Hi Lark: I follow your garden work from time to time and I am always amazed by your energy and tenacity.By the size of your garden you sure have a huge amount of pruning, cutting, transplanting to do all year around. That must be exhausting. I take care of few gardens plus my own, so I know how much work is involved. I also start a lot of flowers and vegetables from seed. You are a great inspiration. My challenge is that I also don’t have a green house , so I baby the seedlings in and out of the house for almost 6 weeks.I love your system in the garage.
    I am in zone 5A. In the past 5 -6 years I have been able to grow cantaloupes and watermelons with good success. The key is heat and 8 + hours of sun which I get from a southern brick wall. Otherwise it would be hard. To get them ready, I just cut the small stem from the main stem and leave them in the garage to ‘cure’ for a few days. The little stem dries up more quickly. This year however the cucumber beetle arrived and they destroyed 80% of all the cucurbits. It’s probably because I haven’t done rotation.
    You have a lot of verbena bonariensis. I haven’t planted them yet. They are beautiful en masse.
    By the way, you always say buenasaris instead of bo-na-ri-en-sis. You make it sound as if it came from Bueno Aires, Argentina.

  2. Thank you for stopping by my website, Dorothy. It sounds like you really have a great system going. I do have to find a sunnier spot to grow my melons. They just didn’t get large enough. Thank you for the suggestions. Are you getting ready for our long Winter season? Planning for next year? I am trying the Eliott Coleman method of a double hoop house.

  3. Hi Lark!
    I have a new computer and lost your email address. Can you send me an email so I have it again?
    Happy New Year! All the best to my dear friend in 2017!
    Hugs,
    Lisa

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