Saturday, December 21, 2013
Winter Solstice Gardening. 12.21.13
It was a nice day. 40s and 50s, sunny. I slept very late. Needed to, Ive been sick.
Today I did some kitchen garden chores....
Added one wheelbarrow of mole-hill soil to the last raised bed. It's about 1/3 to 1/2 full now. Covered half of that with leaf compost which after other chores was all I had left.
Added 2 wheelbarrows of 50:50 mole-hill soil:leaf compost mix, to the original first raised bed built late summer 2012. It had settled several inches. Covered with a couple of inches of leaf compost. At one end is a 6 inch wide row of chinese chives. I covered those with compost too.
Cleaned up the 2nd bed from last year. It has grown garlic, onions, and Chinese chives at one end. Then pole beans last summer. I raked out the weeds and largest pieces of straw mulch, filled in some low spots, then covered the rest, including degrading straw mulch, with a couple inches leaf compost. This bed also has a 6 inch wide row of Chinese chives at one end, which I covered with an inch of compost. Those are fully dormant, not at all visible exceot a few drued flower stalks. No tilling, not needed and causes loss of soil structure and organic matter. Now that bed is ready for next Spring.
Planted 3 rows of Egyptian Walking Onion sets I found in the garage. They were pretty dried out but look viable. Those went into a raised bed that has a low tunnel row cover for protection. It is an unusual time to plant but the soil was soft and easy to plant in - raised beds are wonderful.
Found a plum seedling and a ginkgo seedling in that last raised bed. I remember planting those seeds fall 2012. moved to where I have other tree seedlings heeled in until I figure out where to plant them.