Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The joys of preparation

So, Saturday was a very exciting day, and it all started with a cup of coffee for Aubrey and a walk with my dogs.

Paige
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After the walk, I returned to the house to meet up with a neighbor Dan, who graciously loans me much of the yard tools that I use through out the year. I borrowed his tiller so that I could make quick time of turning the garden from last year. Once we put the tiller in the backyard, we walked around and looked at various trees and bushes that are beginning to bloom.

With that done, it was time for Aubrey and I to head to the All Local Farmers Market to see what kind of local goods we could find.

We had a good time and found some goodies to take back home, including some hand made truffles from my good friend Joseph. He runs a business called It's The Chocolate Shop, and the money he made that day was being donated to a local charity for the disaster relief in Japan. How cool is that?

I grabbed a bag of calcium additive to mix into the garden from Swansea Milling Co.,which I mentioned in my first post. On our way home, we made a quick stop at Dan & Jennie's so we could share the scrumptious blueberry-lemon streusel bread that we picked up. We love to drink coffee with them and hang out and talk. But once I was done with a few bites and my cup of coffee, it was "goodbye!" and away I went to get started in the yard. I mean seriously, isn't that why your reading this? Enough with the tangents and off to the garden preparations.

So as you can see below here, he garden was covered up over winter with pine needles, and weeds had all but taken it over. I was so ready to turn this into a clean slate. But that's going to wait until the next post. Sorry, but I've got to give you a reason to come back, right?

garden left over from last year

Until then,
David

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Biophilia

"The human desire to spend time outdoors among plants and trees. Doing so can reduce stress, lengthen your attention span and possibly help you live longer. "

Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 


That sounds like a pretty accurate description of my husband.
-Aubrey

Friday, March 18, 2011

Breaking Ground

So, while everyone is out celebrating St. Patrick's day this Saturday, I will be happily working on our garden. I was looking at some photos from last year and it seems that I broke ground around March 29. I will not actually be planting anything until after Easter, as all of the wise and experienced gardeners will tell you this is the best advice.

We have a local farmers market that I go to on Saturdays, and last week there was a new vendor, Swansea Milling Co. They are selling some organic soil nutrients by the manufacturer Fertrell that I am interested in looking into. But honestly, my soil seems to be fine and money is tight right now. With that being said, I will more than likely try and look no further than what is around me, but especially, that which is free. My dad and his wife, Betty, have both cows and chickens, so there is a good supply of manure.

Soon after we moved into our house almost four years ago, I decided that I wanted us to start composting. I had been reading about how we could compost all of the organic materials from our kitchen that would normally have been thrown in the trash. I even read about vermicomposting, which uses a variety of earthworms. Needless to say, we compost everything that we can. Last year alone, I was able to add a lot of compost to my garden to enrich the soil. So this year, I will be sifting out the yard debris and kitchen scraps from last year and adding that to my soil, and continue the cycle.
- Compost added in 2009 -
It is very exciting to be in the planning stages of our garden. My wife and I have been discussing what we would like to grow, and soon I will decide if we will grow from seed or purchase plants. I have finished going through all of my Mother Earth News magazines, marking sections of interest. Several books have been discovered on my bookshelf, full of great ideas!

So now it is time to press forward and break soil, for this years garden will be as fun as last years, but with a little more experience.
- 2009 -

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Hello, World!


Garden coming soon.

Thanks for reading.