I’ve not been able to get into the garden the way I want these last few weeks. Instead of having a weekend to work on stuff, I’ve been picking away at the fall garden chores in 30-minute nibbles, often before work
I’m finally seeing the progress I’ve made in these little bursts of work. All the dead summer plants have been pulled out and composted. Those beds have been manured. The hardware – growing cages and the like – has been put away. Much of the remaining pile of plain dirt I bought over the summer has been distributed out. The new 25’x25′ garden has been sheet mulched. It could stand another layer of straw and another layer of manure, but it’ll be ok if I don’t do anything else with it this fall/winter. The stakes for the greenhouse have been set so Rich (my neighbor who can do anything and has all the heavy equipment and raw materials I need to garden) can plow me a level base this weekend (and I’ve called him and set that up, finally).
A big part of last night was realizing that a lot of the garden could be “done,” and that I can let myself off the hook for a lot of the things that “could be done.” I just decided not to do them this fall. Gathering coffee grounds for compost? A great idea, and I’ll do it someday…but I don’t have to do it right now. Another layer on the new bed? Would be nice, but 18″ of straw and horse manure is probably enough to be getting on with. Terra preta in the back? Well, that charcoal’s not spoiling any time soon…it can wait. That was a good feeling. What with all the consulting, and work, and blogging for Eat Local Eat Natural (which is moving into chef interviews, and so a lot more scheduling needed), I’m feeling really crunched for time.
All that’s really left is to move the last of that pile of dirt into other beds and spreading the last lump of manure onto that spot, so it’s got some fertility and not just dirt. Once the greenhouse is up, I’ll have Rich bring another load of manure – some for inside, and some for the back strip. Easy. Hmmm, and I should get some seeds started for transplanting to the greenhouse…and build some hanging planters…but that’s pretty quick, and fun, too.