Soil Enhancements and Some Progress

Garden Wars Episode II: Attack of the Weeds came out last night and I got a front row seat to the red carpet premier. Luckily, I had weeded the majority of the garden a couple weeks back, so the only ones that remained were tiny ones that didn’t yet have any seed pods. After a quick removal of the little pests, I tilled the soil around the plants and in the empty beds in order to level and smooth out the ground. And with gophers still on the loose, the mounds that they form by digging around the onion roots mess with both the aesthetic of the garden as well as the roots’ grip.

The spinach season has come to a close and our entire bed went to seed. We removed what leaves we could, but unfortunately most of them had dried out or the bugs had already gotten to them. As you can see in the picture to the right, we dug out the spinach and removed most of the soil. This soil was all completely native, so it doesn’t include any of the ingredients from my Starting a Garden guide. I plan on remixing the soil sometime this week with all the proper additives. I will still continue to use the native soil, as most plants require slightly acidic soil conditions; we used to have a few large coniferous redwood trees in the space that is currently the garden that dropped pine needles which have an acidic coating.

Now onto some fun news. I bought a bag of cow manure. Alright that was more disgusting than it was funny. Let me elaborate. Here is what is written on the front of the package, as follows: “Purveyors of Premium Poop” and “For invaluable information about our crap [website].” The back reads: We know, we know. An environmentally conscious compost company using plastic bags seems kind of like a vegetarian eating bacon. But you’d be surprised. Plastic bags actually require 70% less energy to manufacture than paper. Plus, they’re recyclable. That said, we’re always on the hunt for better alternatives. If you’ve got one, we’d love to hear about it.”

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