So, on top of spiffing up the cottage, Joel and I are also tackling one other
little gargantuan project at the farm: starting a vegetable garden. And while our plot is certainly no back forty, it’s way bigger than any garden that he or I have ever had (super easy since we’ve never really had a garden) and getting rid of the weeds, preparing the soil, learning what to plant, how to plant it and when to plant it, are super overwhelming. After moving in in June, we were way too busy with unpacking and settling in to do much in the way of gardening and before long (read: pretty much immediately) the weeds began their take over. And not too long after that, they won. All four beds were completely overgrown and aside from the patch of strawberries, some squash, asparagus and the raspberry bushes, we had no idea what was a legit veggie and what was a weed posing as a veggie.
So Joel whacked them < like a boss.
And then we tilled up the soil. By hand. With a shovel. Because a) we were a little late to the party for tiller shopping and b) we were too cheap.
So we have four beds of nice, rich soil. That are being taken over by weeds. Again. And now we have to figure out what to do about it. Word has it that we should add some compost and cover the beds with mulch to help fight the war on weeds and maintain the nutrients in the soil, which we have to get to ASAP < weekend plans anyone?
Like the fish that we caught and the moose that Joel shot last year, the few veggies that we did enjoy from the garden this summer tasted a million times better than anything from a grocery store and although it feels like we may be biting off more than we can chew, our very optimistic goal is that one day we’ll be able to grow as many of our own veggies as possible.
Stay tuned for updates on our progress and please (please, please) share your gardening tips!