April 23, 2016

Early Spring No Dig Garden Preparation and Expansion

The last two weekends I've been quite busy on the homestead.  I've been raking up all the long dead grass from the front lawn and adding it as another layer to my lasagna, no till garden.  I've also added some soil (that we had dug out of our ditch to with the drainage) as a third layer to the garden.  But I still have a lot of the cardboard to cover up.  I'm proud that so far I haven't spent any money on the garden, the garden plot itself should be close to free.  Some other small things I've done over the last two weekends:

- weeded out the skinny front yard garden so that's it's ready for me to sprinkle wildflower seeds in a week or two
- sprinkled clover/timothy seed mixture over barespots in the backyard.  I'm hoping this might make for some good nibbles for the chickens, or at least a bit of organic matter to help build up the soil.
- transferred a rhubarb plant that was beside the new wood rack to a safer spot in the vegetable garden.  I'm hoping it will do better here.  It was new last year, but some kind of bug kept eating all the leaves as they came out.  I was surprised to see it poking up this spring.
- spread out some more cardboard for the new lasagna garden
- hung up a load of towels and two comforters to dry outside
- finished boiling down the maple syrup.  The sap has stopped running now.

I've called the local garden centers and they say their fruit trees are coming in at the end of April.  I've been busy scouring the internet for cold hardy fruit trees but I haven't decided what type to get yet.  I want to make a wiser choice than I did four years ago.  With both the apple tree and pear tree, only the root stock has lived since the first winter.  Subsequently I've had one apple and that's all, ever.