My bean patch😍🌱. I had so much trouble last year trying to get green beans (I did finally get a few) that I decided to try something different. I started a bunch from seeds– yes I know they say not to. Transplanted them today. Planted seeds in all the bare spots. This is the raised bed I had potatoes and okra in last year. Heavy mulch over winter, some organic fertilizer and a mixture of black cow manure and organic compost. Hoping for the best😊🌱😜.

I’m so excited

Day 1 of straw bale conditioning 😍. I’m so excited. 63 bales this year. Back yard, both side yards next to house and a straw bale raised bedπŸ‘πŸ…πŸ˜². Plus 3 traditional raised beds and a huglekuture raised bed. Come on spring. Fortunately we are expecting last possible frost mid-March so I don’t have long to wait πŸ˜πŸ‘.

Oh joy

Got my first 20 new straw bales set today😊. Started first batch of seeds on my wonderful grow stand. I have been so anxious to get started. I hope to get another 20 bales AND a new raised bed with straw bales set up in a week or so. I need to get manure and new soil to go in 3 raised beds from last year. I must make myself wait about 3 weeks before starting to condition bales. 😲πŸ€ͺ. I love the start of garden season🌱🌝🌻πŸ₯¦πŸ†πŸ…πŸ“

Mulching down

Well fall is finally here. That means I can get my garden ready for cold weather. Unfortunately my straw bales have collapsed so much that all they are good for is mulch, but they will make great mulch for raised beds and in ground beds. I’m pulling up last tomato stalks–but I still have a few tomatoes still ripening in tomato bed.  I planted a couple of fall bean and peas but the bugs have eaten them up. My fall greens were doing great but it looks like the bugs are after them now. Have a couple of bell peppers and eggplant still ripening on vine. Waiting for sweet potatoes to cure for Thanksgivig😘😍😜.  

I’ll have tomatoes to cook with all winterπŸ˜€. Looking forward to February seed planting on my grow stand!

Janice Riley, this garden is for you

You died and it is terrible. I can’t make it to the funeral–but you wouldn’t know if I did. So, I spend this lovely early fall morning working in my garden.  Planting a few fall vegetables and I can’t get you out of my head. I remember , so clearly, when I was lucky enough to have you make me NDO Community Services Director. One of NDO’s long standing and popular programs was the garden program   I never understood why that seed program which enabled people to have vegetable gardens was so popular. Yet, today, I am here in my little vegetable garden just as happy as can be– loving the dirt, the plants, and you.  This garden is for you old friend.