Yet another harvest is almost over for edibles in the garden, the freezer is packed full for the winter consumption.
2019's Experiment with Tarp Gardening has thus far shown to be the best alternative for easier planting, control of weeds and vegetation in general (along with breeze-easy harvesting).
*Note: As of 2021, A tree's wood chips is the winner now. Chips keep down weeds, promote good bacteria and worms without damaging the eco-structure. The expense and labor to install other forms of ground cover also require much more maintenance (including disposing of the non-biodegradable junk...i.e. tarping). But this page is left for dead in the name of historical-sake.
It is uncertain of the effects of depriving the soil in this somewhat-selfish lazy-man's manner of Gadening.
The tentative plan is to move the garden in 2020 to allow inspection and observe any problematic side-effects using tarp gardening such as reduction of worms, deprivation of decaying matter, etc.
Frogs and Toads love this method!!!
They seem to thrive under the ground-cover from the predator birds
When the Springfield Seasonal Rain stopped (around July), I pulled up the tarps to find tons of brightly-colored Frogs hopping everywhere, then a baby snake was seen, then a mamma-snake was seen...
(that's as far as I got before leaving the scene).
In Springfield, Tomatoes apparently can be added to the list of stuff that doesn't require planting to grow here.
Each year tomatoes pop up in areas that we hadn't even planted!
Fact is, I don't know why the tomatoes keep regenerating themselves.
Up sprouted dozens and dozens of tomato plants.
Tomato Plants were found in places like the front lawn, on the side of the house, on the side of the garage, behind a solar panel array, and of course in reference to the compost, tomatoes were found in the Garden also.
So, apparently Ohio is the Tomato State
(and I can stop buying Tomato Plants)
Each year there are ALWAYS give-aways!
The great ability to be able to give away stuff that nobody can say "no" to equates to the good feeling of knowing you gave something valuable without having done much work to do that good deed.
This feeling of having contributed something good is probably how it is with anyone with a Garden (or non-capitalist/non-poisoned Farm).
When a pleasant or needy visitor happens along, it's totally convenient to offer the visitor some Berries or Melons (or whatever is growing at that time).
We can't forget those Chickens that give up the other common give-away!
Chickens make a baby almost every single day of the year.
Okay, enough about Chickens already
Those chikins have their own web-page elsewhere within this site.
Plastics and Earth
Later this 2019 year, a soil test will be performed to find out how the soil reacted to the plastic tarps in the new gardening method.
It is not known what the overall effects will be using the aforementioned method, so only part of the garden will be done in this fashion and the remainder of the garden will be permitted unchecked growth of other plants along side the vegetables that are not incorporated into the plastic sheeting.
2020 update! We replaced plastics with landscapers fabric!
2021 update! We replaced landscapers fabric with wood chips!
Just one year of Fennel harvested in 2018 yeilded so much of the spice that it is expected to last for a couple of years before another planting is necessary.
The individual Fennel branches are harvested as they turn a brownish-tan.
Remove Fennel Seeds from the stalks
Re-purpose discarded remaining plant by composting or kindling. It doesn't get any easier than that.
The wooden structure surrounds the 2nd oldest compost. The compost changes into nutrient-rich soil and periodically incorporated into the garden soil.
Two subsequent compost stations were created to World-Standards (the World Standards are documented elsewhere on my site entitled, "the crapilator").
This method is very easy to erect and needs only wooden pallets to contain.
In a year or two the entire structure can be ripped down to allow the tractor to level it by transporting the finished product into the garden area.
The seeds are cleaned and saved for the following year's planting; whereas the skins are composted into nutrient-rich soil
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