10.07.2007

final harvest: root vegetables

Not much else is more satisfying that digging carrots and beets.

I did my final plot clean up today. Years ago when I was a naive gardener ( I am still a naive gardener but just not as naive), I took pride in my tidy, bare, tucked-in beds by the time the snow flew. But I learned in my master gardening class from the amazing Helen Atthowe that I was creating way more work for myself; that leaving all that organic matter to rot and protect the soil from weed seed germination over the winter was key.

So, today I pulled all my soaker hose, garden staples, plant markers and bamboo stakes. I then yanked all the saggy basil, tomato, squash, pepper, carrot and beet plants and just left them sloppily spread among the fertile soil. As I type, tiny microorganisms are settling in to munch on all that luscious, nitrogen-rich material. yum.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ever rake your leaves onto the garden bed in October too? Or is that just too many weed seeds?

dig this chick said...

yes! I always do that. It is a great addition.

Jean said...

One time, thinking it was a most excellent idea, I loaded my dirt up with juniper shavings. Wrong, wrong, wrong. My broccoli tasted like the personification of bitterness. If it had tasted of gin, then it would have been a good idea.

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