The Backyard

The Backyard

Friday, March 21, 2008

It's Official - Hands-In-The-Dirt Has Begun

Starting seeds in Februray and getting a whif of the aroma of wet dirt makes any gardener crave warmer weather to get out in the real thing. The real thing became official yesterday with:

  • 9 wheelbarrow loads of dried up dead stuff. I don't clean up in the fall because if you let the dried dead stuff on the plants, it gives beneficial insects a place to burrow and winterover.
  • 10 wheelbarrow loads of mushroom soil as mulch to ward off fresh-sprouting spring weeds.

  • 2 wheelbarrow loads of horse manure to prep the compost pile.

  • Dug up and prepped the onion patch. I do have a rototiller, but sometimes good old fashioned hand digging is so much more worth it. It takes gas to run the rototiller too.

There will be a small compost pile dead-center in the vegetable garden. It seemed easier to put it where it will end up. Much more detail and pics coming the next couple weeks/months. The above is the tip of the spring/summer/fall iceberg.


DailySAHM said...

I started my tomato, pepper and cabbage seeds a week and a half ago. None of the pepper or cherry tomatoes sprouted yet. I'll give them a few more days before I become too concerned. Mushroom soil... maybe I should try that. Does it smell as bad as driving through mushroom country? Because I absolutely despise that smell. I have to gag and hold my breath all the way through Kennet Square and Avalon. Ugh.

Chili said...

Nice on the seeds! No...the stench isn't quite as bad, but there still is a "composty" odor to it. I use it everywhere. I get a tractor trailer load delivered every two years (yup, that's an 18-wheeler full of mushroom soil). I think the nurseries there in Hbg have it too and you can get some delivered.