In the Garden
Farm FailureOkay, let's get the failure out of the way first. I did not set the brake on the Polaris and it rolled down the hill and decapitated my brand new pear tree! I know, I know...not the biggest loss in the world but it was still upsetting to me.
Planting GarlicOn to better news...I honestly did not think I would get around to planting anything in the garden area this year but I did get the garlic in!
I bought garlic at the Farmer's Market. It was the last Saturday in October. I ended up with about 37 Spanish red, 37 Music, and 16 German red cloves for a total of 90 cloves to plant.
I got a lot more completed that I thought I would so that is great! This video was taken on December 15th, I had posted it on the FB site...definitely finished with the gardening for this year now...we got 5.2 inches of snow! I will post about the raised beds I made next time....
If you are wondering what the big wooden thing is in the bed, I am planning on planting my tomatoes in this tank next summer and will be tying them onto this as a trellis. I have no idea what this thing was used for but I found it in the barn and thought it would be great to use for this purpose...
I didn't think I was actually going to be able to collect any leaves because I was just so busy this fall but things finally quieted down the first part of November because we had a week of really cool weather. I finished up some sheet mulching and headed out and looked for leaves out on the curb. I identified a house with a lot of BIG bags. I went and grabbed a couple and took them home. Then, the next time I was in the area, I went by again but there was a guy getting out of his car there and he was taking a long time. I finally just went up to him and asked if I could have his leaves. He started quizzing me on what I was using them for and we started talking. Come to find out that his name is Greg Moller and he is a professor at U of I in the School of Food Science and Environmental Science Program and he works with the Sustainability Institute.
I told him all about my farm and how we were using the leaves to build up the soil. He was very happy that the leaves were going to a good home...LOL...
Also, my friend from church brought out a load of leaves and dumped them on our property (thanks Deacon George!). I didn't get a pic of that...
I really thought that the cool down at the beginning of November was the end of my gardening for the year. Then, it kind of started to warm up a little bit. I noticed a Facebook post that I had scheduled on my own Remarkable Farms Facebook site about asparagus. Sometimes, I will actually schedule posts to remind myself of things that I want/need to do. It reminded me that I had wanted to put together some raised beds. I can't believe that I forgot that! I had been just so busy with all the sheet mulching. I will have a short post next time about the raised beds that Henry and I got built. After that, I went back to sheet mulching the area that had the pear trees in it. I had kind of given up on that area and figured that I would do it in the spring but since there was no snow, I started in on that. Lots of mornings, I was working and it was in the 20's but as long as you keep moving and there was no wind, it was not too bad.
This is the start of a food forest area. I put down the cardboard, then the leaves, and hay.
It is hard to see the little bare trees but I have the new pear, 2 cherries and several current bushes planted in here. I will be adding herbs in the spring.
|Cherry tree in the future food forest that I was sheet mulching around|