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is it springtime yet?

October 17, 2009

OK, OK… so I’m missing the weekend routine of  waking up on a Saturday morning, and seeing what’s out there to put in everyone’s Dirtboxes. There are some things in the garden that are still green and beautiful, but most everything has packed up and headed south for the winter.

If anyone has any interest in green tomatoes (LOTS OF THEM) before I pull the plants out, let me know soon. We’ll leave the artichokes, random cabbages and broccoli, chard and onions and garlic to overwinter. And maybe some of the flowers since I don’t have the heart to pull them out just yet.

When the giant maple starts losing it’s leaves, we’ll be mulching the empty beds to protect the bare soil, and help the earthworms stay warm and happy… and we’ll be cover cropping other beds to see which gives us better results next spring. and of course… composting like mad. Other chores over the next few weeks? We’ll be tilling up and reseeding that worn out pasture that the llamas are in, so they have fresh greens to eat in the spring, cleaning out and rebedding the chicken coop and installing heat lamps for the ladies… getting portable fencing around the dirtbox beds, so the llamas can roam free, and maybe even extending out the chicken coop so the ladies have room to wander and look for bugs. Not to mention filling the lower beds with onions, garlic and winter greens so that we’ll have an early start with the shares next spring.

With Jon’s access to the Rebuilding Center, we’re eyeing the stacks and stacks of recycled windows… dreaming of a greenhouse construction project this winter. If you’re handy, and want to help… let us know!

Lots to do! As always, we welcome you to visit and share a glass of wine and look out at the falling leaves and help plan, plan, plan…

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Beep permalink
    October 21, 2009 5:38 pm

    Will you be working this weekend? I could come down one day and help out. Let me know what you have planned….

    • nadinelew permalink
      October 21, 2009 8:14 pm

      Hi! sure if you want to!

  2. Max permalink
    October 22, 2009 9:29 pm

    I want to help build a greenhouse.

  3. nadinelew permalink
    October 22, 2009 11:22 pm

    we have some plans for you, max. get home quickly.

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