It's that time of year again - we're getting the garden ready and this time it will be 2x the size of last year's garden. Krys has done most of the work... I tilled but she has mulched, planted and prepared the drip hose network (multi-valve drip line system comes next year).
The prep from 2008 appears to have paid off. We combined two concepts: sunflowers and organic weed suffocation. The sunflowers helped provide soil structure while layers of newspaper and straw over the tiled soil helped to wipe out the pesky weeds. When I tilled that section this year the soil looked perfect. By mulching with more newspaper & straw this summer we will not be tilling that section again for several years - just planting cover crop in the fall then removing that in the spring for next year's garden. As a bonus, the Lesley family who live here for 60 years before us had a large garden in this location for some time. Not your average Avondale clay anymore.
This morning Mimi helped us sow the rem
aining seeds (okra, corn, beans, sunflowers, and 4 types of winter squash). She likes to wal
k on top of the rows in her green yard boots. Hopefully we will all be enjoying some succotash in a couple of months... maybe even a version of Hot+Hot's tomato salad.