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Working Away in the Garden Today

April 13th, 2019 at 11:54 pm

DS and I spent three and a half hours working outside today. I have been on antibiotics for 3 days (it was a sinus infection) and already I feel great improvement. So what we did was take all the unbroken down hay and straw off the top of two of the compost bins and combine that in to the freshest stuff in the third compost bin. Then we could get down to the really good compost underneath.

We did six wheelbarrow loads of compost and topped off the two long beds and then filled in the low end of one of the big beds. The two long beds are now all ready to go. The onion plants arrived in the mail today and I have their root ends soaking in water. We will plant them tomorrow, rain or shine. I'm hoping for shine.

We also got another large bed weeded and most of a second. There's a lot of morning glory runners and we were starting to lose light. I don't think I can plant in this bed with all the runners, so since this is the one where the side is coming off, we are just going to take off the side and we are going to sift all the dirt in it and take out the runners and roots. We have to get them out, since even the smallest piece of runner can generate a plant.

I am going to use a good portion of the sifted dirt to top up the other big beds and then we will rebuild that bed, this time with 2" x 4" boards and proper 4 x 4 corner posts. It will cost about $50 with wood and screws. Mom bought a bunch of soil and she isn't going to use it all, so we will use the extra to refill it. Gradually, I'd like to replace all the garden beds like this, but I think this is the only one we will do this summer. We might do another at the end of the growing season and do a third early next spring.

I also went through all the tomato cages and picked out the two best ones. I am only growing two tomato plants this year and I don't want to worry about a collapsing cage. These cages are quite old and some of them have broken rungs. I have repaired most of them over the years, but I really ought to invest in the really good extra tall tomato towers from Gardner's supply.

I also want to get their cucumber trellis, which is more of a priority. I can make do with my cages, but I don't have a cucumber trellis. I will be making pickles this year. Being able to grow cucumbers up means they will take up less real estate in the garden. Also it means they are more likely to be straight, which is better for making pickles. I want to do a gallon of half sours this year and you really have to get those at just the right size. Having them up off the ground means you are more likely to spot them before they get too big.

It has been really nice to be able to work in the garden again. I feel productive. I spent a fair amount of the last six months feeling pretty useless. Some days I was too sore to move and most other days I was too sick to do a thing. Enbrel has really changed my life for the better. It's only been three doses and look at me go.

Getting some sunlight has been great, too. I so hope this continues. I'd like to have a great garden season without petering out a couple months before I the garden does. Hopefully there will be no big fires this year, either that make it so I can't spend time outside during the hottest part of the year.

This garden season is going to be important. We will be canning and freezing a lot. Food prices may skyrocket due to all the flooding in the food producing states and we want to be able to grow and preserve as much as we can so we are less susceptible to those price increases. Being on the west coast it might not be as bad for us since WA, OR, and CA grow a lot of things that were hit hard, but if that food ends up getting diverted to the other states because the farmers can get better prices, then who knows?

Are you preparing for the upcoming increase in food prices? What are you doing to make sure your budget can handle it?

2 Responses to “Working Away in the Garden Today”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    So glad you are feeling better!

  2. rob62521 Says:

    Glad you are feeling better!

    You accomplished quite a lot. DH loves working in the garden and yard and says it helps him mentally as well as physically.

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