During the winter I spend warmer days in the garden by incorporating intense fertilizing using natural ingredients.
The garden is quiet this time of year and less difficult to feed the soil when raised beds are empty. In addition to fertilizing I also like to clean things up so everything is nice and tidy when spring arrives.
Rejuvenating the soil is the key to successful gardening and it’s something I’m extremely passionate about.
The garden is that one place on the farm where I feel God’s presence the most and even though it’s rather quiet here over the winter I find amazing things are happening underground which means a little more fertilizer that even more amazing activity will transpire.
After clean up the beds I added poured some Llama Tea and gave each bed some liquid fertilizer. The remaining pellets were added to some of the other beds.
I even incorporated chicken droppings which is one fertilizer I normally avoid because it gives me a headache.
I finished with direct composting and was greeted with an assortment of worms. The activity was fantastic and was a great reminder how fantastic simple feeding soil techniques can make such a difference. After seven years of hard work this garden thrives.
Between all this fertilizing activity I sat down and looked around; all I could do was smile.
I thought of the neat memories and healing this space has provided but most of all I looked at my empty startle garden and smiled even bigger because I grew some of the most amazing peppers there last summer.
I thought about all the projects and everything shared from this space then smiled again because I remembered something my grandma told me many years ago.
You see she and I would sit near her garden together and chat and one time she told me something I’ve never forgotten. “One day Carole this knowledge will be a valuable to others.”
She went on saying people today are lazy and over time that will multiply and those people will need people like you. I remember looking at her with a smile and thinking what is she talking about?
This was in the 70’s and when I look at the world today I think wow she really understood more than others ever gave her credit for. Thankfully deep down I really was listening and I remember that day like it was yesterday.
Now days, I think it’s better to just the example and perhaps a few others will grab a shovel and follow.
So, here I am today sharing something as simple as rejuvenating the soil with natural fertilizer.
I could have skipped this activity but when you’ve been taught to set an example, you lead by example. So even though we plan to sell the farm this year it doesn’t mean I should stop feeding the soil because the plants that are left behind will appreciate it.
If you don’t have access to natural fertilizer check out this post here, where I share tips on finding manure for free.
After leaving the garden I was also rejuvenated, my heart was full of smiles because even though my intention was to just feed the soil, in return I was reminded why doing more is so inspiring.