Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Winter Garden Soil Amendment
Sometimes I just walk around and look and think.
In between the thinking, I do what I can to improve the soil. It's my favorite winter chore.
We have clay here. Lots and lots of clay. It's great for brambles, but not tomatoes.
So I built raised beds [see above link] and every now and then we toss some extra organic material in there. We use a lot of straw mulch, leaves, chicken dirt and sand to break up that clay.
This is the rhubarb and pea bed. I can't move the rhubarb to rotate the bed, so I just make sure to put lots of sand and leaves and chicken dirt in it. It makes for happy rhubarb. And peas. And turnips. I grew some fabulous turnips in this bed last year. We just dumped a whole lot of leaves in there. I can hear the rhubarb smiling already.