My plan had been to use this weekend to get the majority of the garden in, but mother nature had her way and there are frost warnings for the next 2 nights. So, we spent our Saturday at the Farmer’s Market and then spreading 2 yards of beautiful compost onto the garden beds. Since installing the garden in 2008, we have come a long, long way. There is very little weed pressure this year so I decided to try a no-till approach. Instead of tilling and waking up all those weed seeds and disrupting the ecology of the soil, we are mulching with a thick layer of compost and then will roll paper mulch on top and plant into that. Should be a lovely thing. So, in less time than we normally spend on tilling, we have mulched and greatly improved the soil and prepped our beds.
We are already harvesting plenty of greens from the hoophouse. The garlic, which had the hoophouses constructed on top of it, is ahead of schedule. I removed the scapes today so that the plants’ energy would be spent on bulb-making. There is a picture of a scape in the slide show.
We found a feisty garter snake and a baby vole (?) during our adventures. Lillian was thrilled. You’ll also see the strawberries, kiwi vines, raspberries, and blackberries growing like gang busters. I think within the week we will have fresh strawberries to add to our rhubarb. We had a great time.