In the Garden
I am trying to get all my "garden" projects completed and just when I think I am finished...something else pops up! I have been very lucky this fall because the weather has been extremely mild for this time of year. Last year, we had a foot of snow on the ground. I remember the very first time I went to see the farm last year on December 8th and it was 13 degrees and snow everywhere.
To get prepared to do this sheet mulching in the garden, I had to collect a lot of (free) resources. Most October mornings went like this...I would drop Mark off at school. Head to the Recycling Center and scavenge for large sheets of cardboard. Then, I would drive 3 miles outside of town and fill up 5 gallon buckets with rabbit manure/wood shavings. When I came back into town, I would stop at 2 coffee shops and pick up grounds on my way home.
One project that took me about 2 weeks was sheet mulching a 30X50 foot area that will be used for the cucurbit hay bale garden. I have identified 16 different vining plants that I would like to try and grow...then, I thought of another one the other day...these range from pumpkins, squash, melons to cucumbers. Here is a short video of how I am doing the sheet mulching...
|Finished 50 X 30 foot area for hay bale garden in the spring.|
Here is a pic of the finished sunflower area...I squished all the rows together into this one, long area.
Now, I may try to sheet mulch my new orchard area. I had planted 4 trees and several bushes but had run out of time to mulch when I planted things. It seems the weather (and when I say weather, I mean snow) may cooperate and I will still be able to get it finished before Christmas!