The Good Stuff

I had a great time last night, even though ibuprofen was required.

It was a beautiful evening, light winds, spring temperatures and a husband who needed to be elsewhere until about 8:00.  The perfect opportunity to work in the garden.  I still had to work my way to the bottom of the compost pile to have stuff to work into last year’s beds.   I slowly sifted and refined the pile of leaves and decomposed matter.  I had just enough to make a 1-2″ layer on each bed.  Then, do my eyes deceive me?  What’s that dark brown stuff?  I don’t know why I was surprised, this is what’s supposed to happen.  At the bottom of the huge pile of mulched leaves and food scraps was a 6″ deep, luscious layer of new, sweet smelling earth with earth worms, rolly pollies and other bugs I couldn’t identify.  A whole ecosystem of goodness right there in front of me. 

I got the shovel and started digging.  It took about 3 loads with the wheelbarrow – keeping in mind I’m a woosy girl with no upper body strength – but I had enough of the good stuff to layer about 1″ deep on an old flower bed where I’m going to grow the squash this year.  I just put it down on top of the clay and went ahead and put in my seeds.  A beautiful sight to behold.  I might order some worm castings from the co-op and fertilize all the beds well once I get them planted. 

I got the leaf mixture spread on top of the other two beds, but ran out of steam, my back was killing me and the DH was due home and we were hungry!  So over to bed #1 to cut a little lettuce, spinach and cilantro for the first salad from our garden.

One more nice surprise was some small dill plants coming up volunteer from last year’s crop. 

I thought I had pulled it all up.  It was kinda overwhelming last year.  As with everything else, I planted way too much and had no clue what to do with it.  This year I’m going to pick it young and use it in salads, etc.   I had planted it to use in pickles, but since my cucumbers failed miserably, I was left with a lot of dill I didn’t know how to use.  But, from what is coming up on its own now, it should be just enough to use for the season.  God is in the details…..I love it.

Keep it simple. 

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