Tuesday, March 19, 2013

No Method to this Madness

Today it is windy and 58 degrees.  Sun is shining.  It is lovely out.  Going outside to plant the broccoli that I bought.
Side yard, where the magic happens ;)
I used to do raised vegetable gardening using Mel's Mix. It never stayed very moist.  You would have to water every day. The mix was very light. I decided that I need more durable soil.  So last fall I took apart my raised beds.  Spread them out into mounds and dumped all of fall's leaves on top.  Well upon looking at it today I realized they never broke down really well because I never turned them.  So today I turned them in, flipped the mounds upside down essentially and dumped some new compost on top.  Not really any rhyme or reason.  Then I made four holes in two mounds and stuck the little broccoli starts in.  Then I sprinkled some left over lettuce and spinach seeds around the broccoli.  Watered and mulched.
I was musing over how the neighbors behind me hire people to mulch and take care of their yard. Every spring I am out there toiling and the hired help is toiling too at the same time. For one second I am envious but then I am thankful because I realize they are missing out on such a wonderful opportunity.   Getting your hands in the dirt gives you more blessings than you know.  It is a great way to learn something about your world and yourself.
This year will be plant whatever where ever cause I don't have that much brain power anymore. But really gardening is not that hard.  If you plant it, it will grow.
I cleaned up the rest of the side garden which is where the veggie patch is.  Veggies on one side of the path and herbs on the other.  Oregano, lemon balm, chives, yarrow, lavender and more.  Cut back four large mounds of cat mint.  Pulled weeds, picked up sticks laying around.

Chives poking out of the ground

Herb garden along wall.

Lastly I covered the baby broccoli for the night.
Broccoli and lettuce seeds ready for bed.
 We still are getting cold weather.
Proud of my hard day of work.