10-07-2015 Journal–Garden Deconstruction Continues!   Leave a comment

I’ve actually been busy this week preparing to deliver most of my once beautiful garden to the compost heap.  I posted a few days ago that I pulled most of the remaining plants to prepare for further work that was needed. That work began this week with the removal of all of the fabric from the frames and the collection of more than 100 metal clips used to anchor it in place.  I always take my time with this part of the job because missing a clip or two isn’t an option. Two years ago I was happily rototilling the garden until I hit a few clips I’d missed. It wasn’t pretty when those  few clips were twisted around the blades of the tiller which then jerked out of my hands when the motor jammed. Fortunately when the tiller hit me in the chest it wasn’t blades first. A close call and one I never intend to repeat. Who said gardening was a safe hobby?

As I pulled the sections of fabric from the frames I got another surprise. Apparently we had a few moles that somehow made their way into the frames and under the fabric.  There were a number of tunnels where they were apparently nibbling on the roots of some of my plants.  My first stop next spring will be to buy something that will discourage them from returning.  Dead or alive is my motto, it’s up to them. You can just barely make out one of the tunnels in this photo.

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‘Here are those clips I mentioned. A necessary evil.’

Removing the fabric itself is easy enough and worth every minute of my time. Never having to weed the garden all summer saves me a lot of back breaking work every year.  The fabric is a little pricy but fortunately it’s reusable for at least a couple of years.  The sprinklers I currently use are removed easily enough and I’ve been using them for five years.  A good value for the money spent.

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‘I cleared all of the fabric, clips, and sprinklers leaving just barren frames.’

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Later this week if the weather cooperates I’ll be filling the entire garden with four or five inches of dark and rich compost which has been sitting under a tarp for two years.  It’s rich with all of the necessary nutrients to give the garden a good start in the Spring. 

Id like to continue writing but I’ve got more work to accomplish before the weather turns really cold and the ground starts freezing.  More to follow soon.

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