Monday, March 13, 2012
And a lazy day for me. Spent a lot of time looking up gardening information. Seems that’s mostly what I’ve been doing lately. Learning and learning and learning. One thing leads to another, which leads to another and so on and so forth.
It’s a wonder I have time to sleep, I’m learning so much lately.
Anyway, finally, I could stand it no longer, yesterday afternoon and finally went outside. I planned to water some flats of scotch moss with my “precious” .. which is a dilution of EM ( effective microorganisms) ok, I’m not a scientist or a botanist or a biologist. I just know that the microbes in this solution (my first batch) are liquid gold in respect to plantings.
These are so wonderful, that I’ve mixed my second batch, as mentioned a few days ago. I plan to water all the trees, bushes, plants, vegetables, fruits etc. in my garden with this solution.
And so once I finished that little task . .I began to clear away a circle of grass at one of the fruit trees. Started with an apple tree. Dug away at the tenacious grassy roots, trimmed away suckers, pulled weeds (all this stuff is going into the compost, btw).
Carefully pushed aside the many earthworms that were busy at their job of breaking up the soil, leaving their wonderful castings in the garden. Finally, I stood up .. satisfied with my work and then watered a generous amount of EM on the ground. Welcome to your new home, guys .. now settle in and get to work!
I’ll post the pics tomorrow. Today I want to share the photos from our gardening class’s visit to Government House this past Saturday. A mix of formal and semiformal gardens. A lovely place to walk around. Lots of roses there. Although, they were shivering, and really needed a top layer of mulch, methinks.
Whenever I see bare ground on a garden, I feel sadness for the plants and the soil. Nothing for the microbes, worms, etc. to nibble on .. such a barren look. Breaks my heart, it does.
So, anyway, I’m all enthused about using my EM. And learning more about compost tea. And building a compost tea brewer. Found some great sites, easy plans, to make one for under $30. And saw some easy YouTube videos on how to build them. They look very simple, straightforward.
I’m in a decluttering, sorting, organizing type of whirlwind today .. so will make this short and sweet.