Friday, March 30, 2012

Roman Not Build in A Day

I have been really busy working up the new part of my garden. It all began in January when Dearest chopped down four Manitoba Maple trees that began to give my garden more shade then I would have liked last year. he had trimmed them back a few times over the course of the summer, but he decided they needed doing away with.

I spent the warmest two weeks in March moving wheel burrow by wheel burrow of this wood away to the driveshed to dry. It will be chopped in May and given to eldest daughter as we don't burn Manitoba Maple, it is a soft wood that to me stinks when burns.

It was after the wood was moved I could see the potential of the gardened expansion. The soil under these trees is really good. So I proceeded to rake all the leaves from around the house yard. That is about 1 1/2 acres of raking so it took time, and I put the leaves where the trees were. Then a layer of ashes to neutralize the leaves ( which give up too much acid). Then a layer of straw. And then I put black plastic over much of it to rest a bit.

Today I moved wheel burrow after wheel burrow of rotten manure from the cow barn to the plot. I spent all morning on it and got only half done. My arms gave way on me by noon hour. It is getting the manure up as it is caked in layers that is hard.( well rotted)
My helper!
I have moved the black plastic to south of the garden to deaded the grass. It will remain there until fall when I will will transplant the raspberry canes that are creeping into the vegetable patch. I have two variety of raspberries, summer and late fall types.

We are to get snow tonight and a miserable weekend but I really hope to get all the manure down and let it rest a week. Rake it out and put top soil on it, and this will be a huge extension to my garden. I am excited about it.


Kristina said...

Get some rest in all that hard work. I love hearing about your days.

Jane and Chris said...

Aha..I think you have answered a question for me. We burn some wood and it stinks like oil...perhaps it is Manitoba Maple.
Jane x

Blessings said...

for all the work you are putting into this space..think of all the food that will eventually be growing...amazing , what you do..

simplicityinthemaking said...

Jane maybe a dog pee on it? That is really stinky.

Jane and Chris said...

simplicityinthemaking, it's possible because it's not wood from our property.
Jane x

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