Sunday, October 28, 2012

Getting Ready for Winter - Garden

2012 was not a good year for my garden.  We had very little measurable rain for most of the Summer.   A majority of Wisconsin was in a drought.   Our well couldn't handle us, the animals and the, the garden went without.

Thanks to our heavy clay soil...we still had some hardy plants produce for us.  I had a bumper crop of sunflowers, squash, gourds and pumpkins. 

With plans and dreams for next year, we set out to increase my garden size.  Al really wanted to try out his new plow...but, he did more than double my garden for me.  

When you live on a farm of any size with animals, you have an abundance of...manure.  We had a huge manure/compost pile that Al spread on the new garden. 

Look at that rich soil - aged for a year or so - organic and natural.  He did about 12 loads on the new and old garden.  With this goodness on top, snow cover and Spring melting and rains, hopefully, I will have some really fertile ground to dig in. 

Honestly, this is probably too much garden for me.  I'm up to the challenge - just don't ask me next July about the weeds.  :)

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.
The Chicken Chick
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