We’re well into winter and that means we are starting to look forward to spring and working in our garden. This will be our fourth year with a garden. Although we’ve been happy with our garden, some of what we planted just didn’t turn out – as in, it didn’t come up out of the ground, or the particular vegetable didn’t mature, or, the expected amount of harvest just didn’t occur. We know that part of the problem is our soil – which is actually clay – which is probably the worst growing medium for a garden. We added lots of compost and we know that helped, but we wanted a little more science to support us. So – we bought a handy dandy soil test kit…
…and we discovered it was a miracle that we managed to grow anything these last three years. We are low on nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and our soil is alkaline. So – we’ll be amending the soil (clay) even more this year with compost and whatever else we read about that will help us get better results.
To prepare our strawberry plants for the winter, we learned that a blanket of straw would help to protect them. So, yesterday afternoon we laid straw down over the plants. Here is Mr. Fifty Shades breaking open the bag – you can hardly see him since he’s in camouflage…
Here he is starting to spread the straw over the berries.
When the job was done, I showed up.
Until next time,
Fifty Shades of Green Acres