|Cathi W, Mike, Marie and Cathy A enjoying the hard work]|
loading composted horse manure for our bins
Based on a fall soil test, we are adding compost, greensand (for potassium and trace minerals), and peat moss and Sulphur (to lower pH), to our gardening beds. Observing our plants and another test in the fall will let us know how well we did.
This week, we learned about using a broadfork. We added the amendments above to the three A rows where Marie will be planting potatoes and green peas next week. We left the clover cover crop in place, added the amendments and then worked down the row with the broadfork to partially incorporate the cover crop and amendments, and to aerate the soil. Marie will be adding oak leaves as mulch after the plants come up. It will be interesting to see how the potatoes and peas fare. Visit our Facebook page to see Carole getting her morning workout on the broadfork. It's heavy and requires some effort to lift the soil.
Lots of other plans are under way, including applying for a grant to re-fence the garden (a happy armadillo is making of mess of our pathways), and we can't grow lettuce without a secure cover as a creative creature (probably a rabbit), munches down the row until its gone. Also under consideration is moving a portion of the garden into a sunnier location in Bed 5 which is just North of the garden.
Welcome to new gardener Peggy McDonald who is one of the Master Gardening students in the new class just under way. She is a real worker and a welcome addition to our crew.