Saturday, March 28, 2009

Whether the weather...

It's shovel ready. The economic benefits may be localized (okay, merely personal), but it fits the times. As soon as the weather cooperates, I'm on it.

You guessed it: Daisy's small but wonderful backyard garden.

I've never formally defined it as a Kitchen Garden or a Recession Garden. It is what it is: a backyard garden of vegetables for the family, both human and rabbit residents of our fair home. The plot has grown a little each year we've planted it, and we've added simple environmentally-friendly tricks along the way. This year our goal is to use the space efficiently and get a better yield.

Here's the to-do list.
Move walkway boards out of the dirt. These are re-used from an old fence. When it started to fall, we knocked it down the rest of the way and used the boards as stepping "stones" between the veggies.
Move trellises and tomato cages. I'm still doing the research to find better and taller supports for the tomatoes now that I've discovered some of the techniques for nurturing them well.
Spread the compost. It's still in the bin, and I'm eager to get out the soil-ready batch and start anew.
Till. Husband does this. He now has his family's old rototiller, so we don't need to rent one any more.
Hook up rain barrel. It's ready to use; we need to set it on its blocks and direct the downspout into it. Painting optional: I would like to paint it, though.
Buy the seedlings. I have the seeds; the tomato, pepper, and broccoli plants will come later.
Sketch the new layout. I know what I want; I just need to make sure I'm putting it all in the right place this year.

Ta-dah! list:
(That's the "finished" or "outbox," for new readers to Compost Happens.)
Make rain barrel! It filled with water during a rainstorm earlier this week; it's "shovel-ready," too!
Buy seeds!
Get excited and motivated! Okay, that's always a given. I'll never be a farmer, but I do enjoy my tiny plot in the backyard. Playing, er, working in the dirt feels good. Feels right.

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Blogger Lisa Sharp said...

I need to work on most of these things but it's snowing right now! Snowing at the end of March in southern Oklahoma!!!

3/28/2009 11:24 AM  
Blogger Margaret Cloud said...

It is that time of the year, get outside and work on the yard or gardens. Hope you have a nice weekend.

3/28/2009 12:06 PM  
Anonymous Sikantis said...

No gardening without composting! Great post.

3/28/2009 6:58 PM  

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