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Gardening Time

March 11th, 2009 · No Comments

A few days ago, I was posting pictures of snow.  For the last few days, temperatures are in the mid to upper 70s.  Virginia weather is always changeable but there have been big shifts this spring.  Yesterday a friend dropped by to plow the garden.  It has been 4 years since there has been a garden there.

Freshly Plowed garden plot

Freshly Plowed garden plot

You can see by the grass and the hard rows that it has been a while.  The ground here is a rich red clay based soil.  Before we have the garden disked to break up the clumps more, I want to add my compost to it.  This will help keep it from packing down so much and help it to hold the moisture as well as just enriching it.

We still have a lot of work to do before we can even start planting.  We need to find someone with a tractor to come and run a disk over it a couple of times to break up those big clumps.  Then we need to get in there with a rototiller to break it up more and turn it over.

Frankly it all looks daunting to me and I keep remembering how much easier it was for my little square foot gardens.  No weeding, no tilling, just plant, pick and eat.   I still think I am going to be planting some of the vegetables in a raised bed.

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