Winter Gardening in Progress

Our winter garden space in progress

Our winter garden space in progress

We had an amazing, beautiful and busy weekend at Crow Forest Farm!

Seneca led us in a project where we created raised beds out of stacked stones that we then covered with old windows.  We are already sprouting radishes, lettuce, and onions under glass.  We are arranging the cold beds in a spiraling fern pattern a la the golden ratio.  We’ll see how the flow works.

Drew can dig it!

Drew can dig it!

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We also dug out some beds that are sunk in the ground.  As you can see, we are putting pop-up cold-houses on top.  That way, we can walk in and stand up fully, and plants have more room to grow tall over the winter.

Jon and Seneca moving buckets of dirt among our felled trees of heaven.

Jon and Seneca moving buckets of dirt among our felled trees of heaven.

We chopped down a bunch of tree of heaven with machetes.  Tree of Heaven is an invasive plant that sends out juglone hormones that prevent other plants from growing.  We are chopping them down for firewood, digging out the roots, and building hugulkultur finger beds around the perimeter of the fenced area.  Our hope is to rehabilitate the space.  We will transplant a bunch of our horseradish to the new space, and hopefully it will be high enough above the juglones to thrive.

D&D, Apple brandy, and a showing of "River of Dread" around the campfire to celebrate our hard work : )

D&D, Apple brandy, and a showing of “River of Dread” around the campfire to celebrate our hard work : )

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We finished off the day with some Dungeons and Dragons, Apple Brandy hot toddies, and a showing of Seneca and Patrick’s independent masterpiece, “River of Dread.”  We stayed warm around the fire until it was sauna-time. Pretty nice life, if you ask me : )

I am very grateful for the creative, hard-woring friends in my life. Thanks to Seneca, Jon, Drew and Patrick for your hard work this weekend!  Please come again!

 

 

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