I made the mistake of deciding I should finish weeding and mulching my garden yesterday. I’ve got a bunch of family obligations coming up and if I didn’t do it then, it wasn’t going to happen. Two hours in the blazing sun, heat and humidity – it was miserable. If you are a long time reader of my blog, you’ll know that manure and compost are quite the thing around here. A couple years ago, The Farmer gave me this for an anniversary present.
It has rotted to a lovely grainy texture and I have been digging it and spreading it for a few days now. It may not have a lot of nutrients left, but it’s got to add to the texture of the soil. I weeded around the plants using my favorite Korean hoe. If you garden and don’t have one of these, order it now. It is the most useful tool I own. I left the weeds in between the rows and then topped it all off with a thick layer of one of The Farmer's giant 800 pound hay bales. I can't believe I went through all that hay.
Here’s what it all looks like – I am so proud of actually completing the task. I know it looks like a pile of hay with a bit of green amongst it but to me - it is a beautiful thing. In a couple of weeks, the plants should rise above the brown mulch and we'll have something to eat and gather.
My gardening intentions are always there every year, but they frequently don’t materialize into a finished project. My perennial garden may look like awful this year, but this veggie and cutting garden will surely bear many fruits come the end of summer.
And then there is this problem.....
Julia and I are going away for the weekend. The Farmer is in charge. He's got tons of farming to do. Some of the sheep have been escaping a few times a day - like this evening. I'm hoping my garden survives the weekend. There's an old fence around it right now and I'm hoping it works so that all my work is not lost.
BOOK PARTY - MAY 5-6
to celebrate the publication of my new book
CRAFTING A PATTERNED HOME.
Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.
This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.
The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.