Once I got the garden cleared and the frost damaged tomatoes squashed across the garden, I spread humate, and then covered it all with a good layer of compost that will breakdown over the winter.
My compost consists of all the dirty hay & poop that I clean out of my guinea pigs cages, everything I trim, & prune, & pinch off my garden plants throughout the summer, sunflower leaves, dead grapes from the grapevines, as well as the stems from processing the grapes, all the leaves from the trees in our yard & any of our neighbors’ that I can get my hands on. Plus selective produce scraps from our kitchen. We don’t ever put grapevine leaves in our compost because they contain alum.
This is THE reason I had growing challenges this year. The top pic is from last year, when I moved in. The ground was impenetrable and was covered with rocks and weeds and had been saturated with RoundUp.(Stockton's go-to for yard maintenance 🤦🏻♀️)
While I worked diligently to grow food, my priority was to begin to restore life to this little piece of Earth.
Throughout the year, Joshua (my neighbor) and I gathered as much organic material as we could from our yards. One compost pile quickly became two.....We did this for one year. You, my dear friends and followers, donated 4 yards of compost, 2 of which have been delivered. Two more yards will go into this space as soon as the hardscaping is complete. I'm hoping by the first week of November...🤞🏽
Last winter, a different neighbor had some trees removed. At the end of the day, the landscapers dropped the chips in my garden!
All my kitchen scraps have been fed to my worms, and the few things they don't care for go into the compost heap.
You see, healthy soil is the key to growing healthy good. Just look at the difference.... in one year! I moved quite a bit of this beautiful humus out to the raised beds in the driveway. The seedlings are growing like crazy already. If I could just keep those damn green cabbage moth Catapillar's off of them, they be even bigger! (and, Maggie is still 🐈💩 on my 🌶🍃 every morning🤦🏻♀️)
Now, watch me grow!
Thanks for all your help!!🙏🏼❤️🙋🏻🎉✨🌱🌿💪🏽🌻
This may be the last rose of the year for me. I’m thankful to the garden for another season of inspiration and patiently taught lessons. 💗
As my favorite Persian poet said, “Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with their heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.
Cold temps, welcome. I’ll keep roses in my heart but be open to whatever lessons you bring, too.