Four days ago I began a series on How to Garden, for beginners, with How to Dig. This is sort of part two of the series. More like part 1.1. Until today I haven’t done a thing in the garden. See? Gardening is so easy: it involves many days of doing nothing at all! Today, we continued on with another (under an hour) digging session of the new garden plot.
Baby and the Spy helping to dig.
He was burying a ball in different spots around the edge and she was digging it up. And throwing the ball out in to the garden for her to go…uh…fetch. She’s sort of like golden retriever number three!
The gray area are ashes from our fireplace
We always dump the ashes from our fireplace into the garden. I think too much ash would be bad, but this pile will get mixed in to a pretty large plot. I figure it adds some sort of acid or alkali or minerals or something. I’ve never really spent any time figuring out the pH of our soil or learning about amending soil (yet anyways, not like I’m against learning such things). I’ve heard the saying of “fertile midwest soil” so I just assume it’s pretty good. Mostly what I know it that it is VERY clay. In the sun it will dry as hard as concrete. So what I DO add is a loam/compost mix (to the new plots) mostly for ease of working with it (i.e. planting). If you want a sneak preview of what adding the loam/compost mix will look like in Spy Garden 2014, click here to check out our dirt from last year.
View of the new plot facing west/northwest: where the sun will be setting when the garden is green!
View facing south/southwest
You can see from the photo above that the fence may be able to stop deer, but certainly can not stop the garden. IT’S ALIVE!!! It’s breached the fence!
The fence will be moved about ten feet out to include this little hill.
She has to check every strawberry plant.
Where are the strawberries?
Today was the first day of winter that I was thinking about a little color myself (those are yellow strawberry plants after all). All of the photos I’ve taken lately have the same washed out sandy-grass color,
(aka Golden Retriever Gold)
I like the palette of winter but was longing for a little color!
So we made some collages
Shapes cut out from half-finished paintings, scribbles on card-stock and forgotten sketch book doodles=collage perfection!
Collage by the Spy
I did this one. Very synthetic cubism. haha
Baby appreciated the colored glue sticks
Since there are no yellow strawberries to enjoy, yet.