What a glorious weekend.
For me it was the official beginning of the gardening season.
And so I began at the beginning.
Improving soil is likely the most important thing I do in my garden
Without this continuing act of love of God’s good earth
My garden would slowly
Be less and less.
So what is this process?
It’s really more of a circle.
So let’s jump on board of this cycle last fall.
I have two composting areas in my garden
One is my giant Mantis twin composter.
This is where the process begins.
Kitchen scraps go here to break down.
It’s enclosed and keeps all kinds of critters
From dining on the garden’s leftovers.
To this I add cuttings from the garden
And some of the brown stuff – mostly leaves
That are always hanging around.
Once the food scraps are no longer edible
I transfer this across the yard
To stage 2.
Under an old cedar tree
Atop the now defunct cellar
Is a small berm
The only undulating part of our yard.
It’s where I’ve been stashing tons of leftover leaves
Since creating my garden.
I layer it all here.
Eventually it turns into the most wonderful deep, dark, rich soil.
So why all this
To create something
That all ready exists?
There are many reasons for me.
I hate sending things to the land fill.
And when you can turn them into something good
All the better.
Soil is truly the beginning of a garden
Without rich loose healthy soil
Plants will not thrive.
They may survive
But they will not thrive.
Something else that we have in common
Plants and people.
The need to be rooted in a rich healthy environment.
One where we can spread our roots
Grow new branches
And reach for the sky.
P.S. I realize these pictures are a bit random but it’s what’s blooming now
and they are prettier than dried leaves and my compost tumbler!