Breaking Ground and Convenient Composting

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BACK IN THE GARDEN AGAIN–Preparing the Beds for Planting

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I love my John Deere Gator.  It is my trusty companion to do the outdoor jobs around our little farmstead.

 

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Instead of burning leaves that have accumulated in my garden, I am partially crushing them and using them as mulch. Last season, I broke off the dried heads of the perennial beds and used it to compost around the plants it came from. It saves having to rake and carry and burn. Although not as cosmetic as wood chips, natural plant material is inexpensive and decomposes into the soil during the summer. I call it recycling winter chaff into spring mulch.

Anything I can do to make spring cleaning in the garden easier is worth it.

About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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