by Tammy Taylor
A week or so ago I pulled down my indoor greenhouse and planted some of my heirloom seeds. I wrote about my indoor greenhouse system and how easy it was to use and store. It doesn’t take long in that moist environment for them to sprout.
It may be a couple of weeks until I can actually plant them in the garden but I need to start prepping the beds now. They have laid dormant all winter and are pretty messy. No award-winning garden eye-candy here!
These weeds blanket the garden area. They’re called Henbit, but our youngest daughter always called them “Bunny Flowers” because it looked like it had the purple eyes nose and ears of a bunny. Awwww… Sweet memories.
And as I pulled these weeds out of my raised beds and wondered what to do with the mountains of them accumulating beside me, inspiration hit. I hauled armloads of them to the fence and called the cows – they loved it! So I’m moving this stuff out of my garden and the cows get a treat – win/win! (yes, I think I’m clever!)
And although these raised beds originally started out as a patch in a cow pasture, over the last several years I’ve painstakingly amended the soil. I was pleased to see lots of earthworms occupying the beds this year.
And the soil in these beds is now rich, dark and productive.
I still have lots to do, but I have completely cleared out some of the raised beds and they’ll be ready for planting soon. C’mon spring!