Despite a feeling of uneasiness about our lack of usual cold weather, I have been enjoying the ability to go out into the garden and work on small projects that I didn't have time for back in the fall. As I may have alluded to in earlier posts, I was in grad school and planning a wedding last year. That is all wrapped up now, and I am the new Mrs. P!
|4" long tomato hornworm from last summer|
|June: Chinese Red Noodle beans, coming out the ears!|
Mr. P bought me some weed fabric for Christmas (romantic, eh?!), and I was thrilled! He also pledged to help me keep the weeds and bugs down this year, as he was saddened by my utter frustration last year. He lacks the green thumb I have, but is a great support with projects and watering. He has also promised me a rain barrel this spring!
Yesterday I went out in the gorgeous 68 degree weather and decided it was time to tackle the plantain weeds that had a firm stronghold in the garden. I used muscles that haven't been used since last summer, and it felt amazing to get out and dig in the dirt. I was extremely pleased to see loads of earthworms come up with each shovel of dirt. When we moved into this house two years ago, the soil was incredibly poor and there were very few worms. We have gone with the no-till method and have layered compost, newspapers, leaves and grass clippings in the raised beds, and used layers of cardboard and bark mulch around the beds. The soil has obviously improved enough that worms can thrive, and this makes me happy. I have improved a small section of our ecosystem!