Moving the Cottage Garden


Transitional TraditionsSometimes farming teaches you that no matter how well you plan, you are still at the whim of nature's desires.

Back in February, I decided to move our cottage garden a few hundred yards closer to the house. Where it sat, everything from electricity for the fences and water for the plants had to be accessed via extension. I have in my possession 350' of garden hoses. I had 600' of electric horse fence for the perimeter of that large garden and another 150' of wire run along the ground to hook up said fence to our electric fencer, plugged in nicely on the side of the house. Then the aspect of walking there, back and forth, each time you forgot something or filled the wagon with produce, was starting to get old. Finally, our retired friends who garden with us were less and less excited for that same walk each time they came out. In my mind, all signs pointed to move.

The end of March and the first two weeks of April were so wet, it made no sense to take things down. Our soil is mostly black clay and if you step in it while it's wet, your boots will soon be twice as heavy and behave like snowshoes. Plus, it ruins the tilth of the soil with all that tramping around. No, I'd have to keep waiting.

On April 13th, a freak snow storm hit Wisconsin. While April snows aren't unusual here, the magnitude and length of this storm certainly was. It continued for the next 48 hours, dropping 30+ inches of snow in some areas. Records were broken all over the state and the snowfall was so heavy that literally everything shut down. When Winter Storm Evelyn finally ended, no one was going anywhere on Monday morning. It took another week for the snow to melt and another week after that for the ground to fully dry out.


In my little world, that meant there would be NO moving any garden beds, and especially no moving the damp, heavy soil those beds contained. Spring, which had seemed within arms reach a few days before, was now delayed by three weeks.

6/24/2018 9:46:11 PM

Becky, it's good to hear from your and Andy again. I had the same weather problems here in Nebraska. Then on the days that were good for gardening friends, family, and neighbors had projects for me to help them with. As a result, I don't have much garden this year. I have some in my backyard and two beds out of twelve planted in Terra Nova Gardens. Oh, well, I'll be on weed control this year. ***** Have a great day moving the garden. ***** Nebraska Dave

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