This is the first blog post ever for me. I’m Susie’s husband John. I hope y’all ain’t disappointed since I’m not the skilled blogger that you’ve grown accustomed to. My wife Susie does a great job!! Susie and I took a few pictures on Feb. 23, 2014 of regular activities that go on around the compound, I believe them to be worthy of sharing…
It’s time to do some gardening any time! Gardening and garden building goes on twelve months a year around here. Adding organic material enriches the soil. Year round tilling keeps me from having to fight weeds and grass in my garden all summer by keeping the weed roots and seeds exposed to the winter frost.
Compost is very important for building soil for gardening. We save grass clippings, kitchen scraps, leftover corn stalks, anything organic in a compost pile beside the garden. Above is a picture of me on our tractor spreading and tilling the compost into the soil. I’m also plowing in the remains of our winter turnip crop. Mount Vernon soil is fairly poor and rocky but we have built our garden soil to be quite rich.
I find that adding hay to the soil and chopping it in with the tiller whenever I can get my hands on some is great. It not only adds organic material to the soil, it also helps the soil hold moisture during the dry summer months.
Oops! I haven’t mentioned anything about chicken manure yet!
These two old roosters are investigating the theft of what is probably the most valuable additive that goes into my garden soil. Chicken manure not only has stinky funk, it also has nitrogen which is essential to producing a great vegetable garden.
I had to include the photograph above! It’s just a really good picture of some chickens and hay.
Ok, we’ve now added the poop to the garden. The chickens didn’t like me taking it from the hen-house but I’m sure they’ll enjoy the fresh produce this summer. Hope you weren’t too bored by the garden building blog. The very next day we planted our potatoes for the year. I have lots of good photos of that too. I’ll try to get them on here soon.