Garden multching continues and family time

| 9/30/2012 10:26:38 AM

A photo of Nebraska DaveThe mulching of Terra Nova Gardens continues.  The hay has covered a large portion of the garden but more mulch is needed.  I have two more good loads of hay and maybe a partial load of cleanup and the bales will be completely moved to the garden.  During my breaks at Terra Nova Gardens, I've been thinking about how to build the deck over the pond when it's finished.  First it was cement block supported planks, then floor joist supported deck, then .... bridge support timbers for the deck support.

Bridge support timbers 

A scan through the "Craig's List free" netted these timbers for supports.  However, one has major rotting in the middle of the timber and can't be used.  Another solution for the second timber support will have to be acquired.  I suspect rail road ties will be used for the other side of the deck with at least one floor joist like support in the middle of the deck.

The major part of this week other than mulching was spent in pulling weeds by the road.  It's been a busy summer with weed control.

 Yard waste mulch 

The fall yard cleanup in my neighborhood began this week.  The leaves are beginning to fall off the trees so the yard waste from the yards are a great blend of grass (green) and leaf (brown) mixture for mulching in gardens.  So for the next few weeks the task will be to haul as much of this yard cleanup mixture to Terra Nova Gardens as can be accomplished.  Today marked the beginning of time and the first load was picked up, hauled, and dumped at the garden.  I can just see the gasping going on out there as everyone knows about all the chemicals that are dumped on the lawns in Urban town U.S.A.  My thoughts about that are that in the fall there are no bug pesticides, no grub killing, or any type of weed killing chemicals being applied nor have they been applied for a few weeks.  Maybe a little fertilizer for the lawn but it's mostly winterizer which is stronger in phosphorous and potassium.  I most likely will never be a certified organic grower but I like to use as little chemicals as possible even if the bugs and critters win some times.  Now weeds, that's another story.  I'm an all out warrior against weeds.  I've had to use chemicals to bring the weeds under control this year but next year not so much.  That's what all the mulching it about.  The fenced in garden will not get the yard waste mulch but some other type of compost.  I'm not sure what just yet but it will be more chemical free.  So life goes on in the garden.

10/8/2012 1:03:37 AM

Allan, I am indeed in the major mulching mode. As much as I can get will go on the garden this year. Next year maybe a lighter layer but eventually it will be composting in place. If you read much about gardening, famous lady called Ruth Stout pops up. She was big in the organic gardening circles about 30 or 40 years ago. She wrote a book called "No-Work Garden Book". This mulching idea came from reading that book. She was huge on mulching and no tilling. She would actually leave the corn stalks from one year for the pole beans to climb the next year. Her methods allowed her to garden well past 80 years old. She's been gone for many many years but her wisdom lives on at Terra Nova Gardens. Have a great day in the garden with the chipper.

Allan Douglas
10/7/2012 8:41:10 PM

Sounds like you're in major mulching mode, Dave. I had not thought about the chemicals people use, but I suppose you're right: people probably don't dump much harmful stuff on their lawns in the fall. I'm with you on the snakes avoidance. This summer I had several run-ins with snakes, only one was harmful: a Copperhead, the others were Black Snakes and a small Grey Rat Snake I found in the compost pile while I was turning it. There were a bunch of hatched eggs in there, I guess it's siblings moved on, but that one stayed behind. I encouraged it's relocation.

10/2/2012 3:10:53 AM

Mary, thanks for the information. Maybe I'll just have to wrap more than a dozen or so. It would be nice to be able pull out some fresh tomatoes around the Holiday dinner table.

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