Why? The Winter solstice in our Hemisphere will be at 4:23 PM so at 4:24 the days will start to get longer. What does that mean? SPRING is on its' way!
I know, it is stretching it a tiny bit but I seem to be motivated lately to start growing things again and Spring is good for that. In fact, I think I will bring in the New Year with Winter sown jugs of bok choy, maybe some Chinese broccoli plus anything else that can be transplanted and does well with cold weather.
I have some old seeds, but I already placed orders with Baker Creek and Pinetree Seeds. Pinetree is supplying the fill-in basics like beans, corn and herbs while Baker Creek was all about new stuff. Chinese Pink Celery, Lady Purple Bok Choy and check out the crazy Chinese Python Snake Bean. By the way, these are not affiliate links, just plain old links.
Anyone know a good source for free horse, goat or sheep manure? My wood chips have been depleted and although I started a big compost pile from the weeds and vines of last year's garden area, I don't have enough.
One large garden area is being retired for two reasons. I really am going to reduce the garden area and this area gets less water from surface run-off and competes more with tree roots. I may use two hugelkultur beds that have not totally rotted down for squash vines. We'll see.
I have yet to settle on a garden layout of my tilled area. I have tried narrow walkways to squeeze more garden surface, wide walkways that I could mow, sunken walkways to create a slightly raised beds and catch runoff (too much work), then raised beds that dried out too quickly, railroad tie bordered, different angles for the hill slope and different width beds for different crops.
I considered cinder block raised beds but by the time I added 8" to each side, then a walk way, I wasted an awful lot of space, PLUS all the lifting AND sourcing of cinder blocks. Regular wood will disappear within a year or two. The wood that won't rot is either treated with chemicals or expensive.
Oh, decisions, decisions. Fun, huh?