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Saving Time in Spring

November 23rd, 2016

In the fall, I always mulch my flowerbeds and garden areas heavily with compost (weed free) and/or chopped leaves and grass clippings. My first goal is to protect the soil throughout the winter. It insulates the soil/plants and helps them survive the winter better. The mulch also protects the soil and nutrients in the soil from being washed away. My favorite reason to mulch heavily in the fall – weed free gardens in the spring/summer!
In my perennial garden beds I use chopped leaves and grass clippings. In my edible garden areas I add a weed free compost I buy from Kinney Compost. I not only protects my soil in the edible garden areas, but it feeds the soil as well. In the areas I’ve added this compost for three years the health of the soil is noticeably better than in areas where I haven’t added it. My soil is extremely free draining, this layer of compost mulch helps my soil retain moisture in the summer and it adds valuable humus in order to make my soil have better structure.

What’s your favorite kind of mulch?

Around the Run

November 7th, 2012

On Cultivate Simple, our podcast, we have an Around the Run section each week. In this section we talk about what’s been going on around here. For those of you who don’t listen to the podcast, I figured it was time for an update. The weather is leaning more towards winter on the scale than fall. It’s been getting COLD, down into the 20’s at night and in the high 30’s during the day. There’s a burning bush out front that is still blazing red, the last remnants of fall in the garden. On Monday I noticed a few snowflakes falling from the sky. It won’t be long now until we’re snugly tucked under a blanket of snow.

Now that there’s a nip in the air, I’ve been working to cover my fall crops with my low hoops. So far, only the celery and Japanese bunching onions have been covered. Hopefully the rest of them will be put up by this weekend. (if you’re interested in how I made these hoops, here’s my how-to post).

I’ve also been busy cooking up delicious seafood, making sourdough biscuits, staying warm by the wood burner, and putting in many hours of work in the office. ¬†Truth be told, most of the meals we eat don’t take long to prepare since they’re fairly simple. ¬†When you have fresh scallops what more do they need beside searing and generous amount of butter?

I still need to get my garlic planted. The plot is prepared thanks to some help from the chickens, but the garlic sits on my table waiting. Hopefully that will in by this weekend. It’s a good thing garlic is so forgiving.

Sometimes, I wish fall wasn’t this busy. I’d love to have a little more time for hiking and exploring the new areas around me. I’ll have plenty of time to do that this winter and over the coming years. That can wait, the garlic can’t.

Do you have any impending chores that need done ASAP?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.