With the larger of the gardens plowed and put to bed for winter it is time to do the same with the no till garden. We have continuously added bedding from the goat stall, chicken run and rabbit pens to the existing straw mulch. With fall leaves in abundance there is also plenty of leaves added to that mix. With a good thick layer of organic matter blanketing the soil this garden is ready for winter. As the winter progresses we will continue to throw straw from the goat stall on top of the mixture but for now it will lie dormant until time for the planting of peas around St. Patrick's Day.
So with the big garden plowed, the strawberry and rhubarb beds mulched with straw to protect them from the cold and the asparagus beds cleaned off and the fronds burned gardening is done until early spring seed starting.
That concludes our 2012 gardening season. What a ride it has been...deer, rabbits droughts, swarms of aphids, squash bugs and blister beetles. I haven't seen that many bugs in years. My garden must have looked like an oasis in the middle of a desert to those bugs. Some years gardening just seems like an uphill battle all year. But if I didn't love it I wouldn't do it and it does keep me out of trouble most of the time : )
Blessings from The Holler
The Canned Quilter