I get really nervous in front of a video camera. (This is something I’m really trying to get over so I can make a promotional video about my new book – pray for me?! Thanks) Apparently I’m ok behind the camera, ’cause I had fun making this video for you all.
– I totally blanked out on how much garlic I planted. The “1000 heads” was no doubt a flashback from the homestead years, when I grew garlic as a business. This bed has about 120 plants in it.
– When I say I killed off a section of sod with a piece of linoleum, I should have added that I MOVED the linoleum in order to plant. 🙂
– Although it’s a bit unsightly, I like putting my compost bin right in my garden so any goodness that leaches or spills or splatters out goes right into the soil. I will turn this every few months, hauling it in the wheel barrow to another cage, but always within the garden. If I keep the kitchen scraps well-layered with leaves, weeds, and grass clippings, the smell is not overwhelming, as well as helping it to break down faster. I’m top dressing all my beds this year with compost less than a year old – it’s all rotted down and rich and black.
– I should mention, this method of no-tilling does not make for very loose soil. You would not be able to sow seeds in it, but it works well for transplants. When I want to direct seed, I scatter the seeds on top and then sprinkle them with a layer of finished compost to ‘bury’ them for germination.
– I will have to break the soil up a bit to plant my garlic in the fall, but it will be easier without all the sod. I dug the existing garlic bed by hand last fall – took quite a few hours and I wore out a shovel. I plan to expand my garden one carpet scrap-length at a time after that experience. 🙂
I’ll let you know how the potatoes do – this is how we did it on the homestead with great results, but I haven’t planted potatoes in years.
Please observe a moment of silence with me today for that gorgeous squash plant…it fell prey to the weedwacker and my faithful husband, who thought he was ridding my garden of a vicious weed…
What’s coming up in your garden this week? What’s your favorite crop? I love broccoli! Oh, and garlic (can’tcha tell?)