It's been a rainy week here, but with frequent enough pockets of sun that we managed to get a great deal done in the garden. Most things I want in the ground now are planted...though I do keep asking for 'just one more bed' as I forget something else that didn't make it in yet, or discover something new that I want to grow this year.
As I look around at my garden, there are so many different things going on, particularly in terms of mulch, that it every bit the experimental garden that it is (isn't every garden an experimental one?). We have wood chips in the perennial beds and filling up the permanent walkways. There is lasagna layering with cardboard and compost under the tomatoes and other more delicate plants. Leaves (my favorite) fill many beds. Just a bit of straw is here and there. And then there is plastic. Plastic! Not something I ever thought I'd see in my garden, but something I'm giving a go with this year, just for my squash plants, to see how it goes (those squash bugs get me every year!). I hope we'll be able to reuse it for several years, as they say is possible. Also new this year are the logs around our bed/mounds. Full-on raised beds with wooden sides would be a bit too permanent for how we use the garden, plus a bit elaborate for how many beds we have in here. But the logs are, so far, helping to keep the line between path and bed a bit clearer, and resulting in a little bit less loss of soil from the beds into the path.
The sun is shining this morning and promises to all day long. I best get out there to lend a hand if I'm going to want Steve's help in making me just one more bed. I forgot the parsnips! How could I forget those? There's always a little more room we can find...
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