In and Out of the Garden He Goes...
So after getting a fairly gratifying amount of long-overdue yard work done over the holiday weekend, I am getting a big kick out of the fact that decades' worth of chance-acquired plants are starting to look like they belong together. And then in another topic JurassicBlueberries was holding forth on the care and feeding of blueberry plants, and what with one thing and another, I bet we've got gardeners here. Let's talk!
(PS: Folks, this should probably go without saying, but if your gardening efforts involve the cultivation of plants illegal in your jurisdiction, please do not post about them here. For all practical purposes, everyone in the world can read what you post here, and that definitely includes your local law enforcement. Or your not-so-local law enforcement. Or your mama. Silence is golden.)
it should be noted, there is no bottom on the compost cans. so all of the gook from the degrading food waste, after the maggots, worms, and other bugs get through with it, soak into the ground or turn into a yukky muck that hasten the bio-degrading of tougher stuff like tree branches and fallen leaves.. after I get lots of disgusting, stinky food waste eaten up and the worms digested poop pass out, I move it into another can which has leaves and branches. the leaves and such have been fermenting at the bottom of the most un-ruly compost heap for years but they don't seem to go away until they are covered by the naturally processed food waste... everyyear, when leaves fall, they get tossed on the top of the heap, adding to this cycle, and the circle of life. gathering what the trees spill, returning it to the earth.
lots of back-breaking work, shoveling and wheel barrowing the stuff around, but in the end, I get really nutritious soil that the trees and plants love.
I know there are some 'chemicals' I have no idear what, or some substances that people use to hasten the compost process, but I never add any of that stuff. time does it. I think that you can see the benefits in the lushness and vitality of the bushes and trees in our little plot o' land on the planet DarkStar.
I'd have no lawn - just dirt! At least they're green (now).
I worked in my garden today ..my herbs survived the winter too!! Sweet!! Rosemary, thyme and sage all doing grate!! But my lawn looks weak, really weak its crap grass and weeds and not the good kind either! ;) My daisys are big this year too! Sweet :)
FINALLY got to "play in the dirt"!
4 "Better Boy" tomatoes in the ground. Cleaned the bed and worked the soil around the rosemary. Same with the thyme (can't believe it survived winter). Mint has reappeared. Planted the oregano and basil and parsley. Throw in some cayenne peppers and bell peppers.
Not a "big" garden like we had growing up in south Arkansas, but big enough to make me smile. Lot of good memories of gardening with my dad. Now, he doesn't garden. He raids mine, and has made friends with the good vendors at the local Farmers Market!
Have you ever seen those ads for "tomato trees"? Jack-And-The-Beanstalk of tomatoes. They claim to grow 8 feet tall and produce tons of great tomatoes. A couple of years ago the Mercury News bought one and grew it and to their amazement it was "as advertised." I am trying a couple this year so we'll see how it goes. The leaves really look like Solanum, but they are still very small. Having temperatures at night in the 30s and low 40s is unusal for April around here and the tomatoes do not like it.