Wednesday, April 8, 2009

overwintered garden bed report

i cleaned up the out back garden today. it was nearly thigh high in over wintered rye grass. i could smell the lavender flowers, i could smell the mint, i could smell the rosemary too. where they were i was not sure they were buried so far below. the only flowers eeking out where the sunny sun sunflower beauties.

bit by bit i hand pulled the rye grass out.
it proved a fairly easy task as the ground was dry and the roots easily gave way. i pulled and i shook free the dirt and composted goods. worms, worms, worms were everywhere - the best news of the day. i pulled and shook and pulled and shook and pulled and pulled and shook.
before - grasses in january -

two hours later, the task was complete and the garden once again showed it's beauty. there are the raspberry canes, there are the blackberry canes, there is the rosemary, the mint and the lavender. there is the comfrey and the comfrey and the comfrey - my oh my how the comfrey spread, hooray! there are the artichokes one, two, three and the sedge grass, the baby mums and the onions. al are well including the soil and the happy, very happy worm population. the pile-o-rye-grass did not go to waste. in fact there was so much that i was able to distribute more than plenty to each of my three working compost piles. grass proves an excellent green and will really heat up the piles. this was the first year that i tried the overwintering rye grass process. i consider this experiment a great success.
before - grasses in march -
the grass
  • kept the bed weed free
  • insulated near by plants from the chilling air
  • added tilth to the soil
  • built a beneficial environment for worms and good buggy creatures
  • provides a large amount of compostable material
  • visually provided a pretty mass of green in the brownest of seasons
  • provided a shelter for winter creatures - birds, snakes, worms, squirrels, etc.
winter peas and clover patch beneath the cover of the fig tree

i overwintered a bit of clover and winter peas much of which i have turned into the soil. i have planted edible flowers - borage, nasturtium, calendula and gem marigold - in these areas along with humming bird attracting red sage and the lovely scented lemon balm. i did leave small patches here and there in order to attract and feed a variety of beneficial buggiepoos and the soon to arrive beeeeeeez.

after

will i overwinter goods next year?
you bet i will.
cheers.

after


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