Building the soil food web for my new raised garden beds!
I planted oats, wheat, buckwheat, millet, brown and yellow mustard, mung beans and soy beans for nitrogen fixing, and sunflowers.
I bought most of the seed from the bulk section of the health food stores to save money. Excited to see what sprouts!
When it grows to about 10% flowering, I will push it all over, cover with mulch and then some compost. Then I will plant my veggie seeds and seedling directly into the compost. The microbiome of the soil will be nicely established and ready to nourish the veggie garden.
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Grateful for his bundle of healing goodness that my garden has gifted me! There is something so satisfying about gently digging out a clump of turmeric with such care that only a piece or two breaks off in the process. When I was cleaning the dirt out from around the rhizomes I found at least six big fat worms nestled in there! A sure sign of happy and healthy soil.
My favourite way to use this fresh turmeric is to make a delicious hot drink with ginger, lemon, black pepper and honey! Here is the recipe:
-1 tablespoon freshly grated turmeric
-1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
-the juice of 1 whole lemon
-pinch of cracked black pepper
-honey to taste (optional)
-3 cups of water
Put all the above ingredients into a small saucepan on medium-high heat. Stirring occasionally, bring to a simmer. As soon as it is simmering, turn off the heat and strain to remove pulp and large pieces of black pepper. Enjoy! Extra can be kept in the fridge for 2-3 days.
My green manure really took off with all the rain! We finally got some organic compost yesterday so we could prep the beds for planting.
I pushed over the green manure
covered it with hay
added the compost
and then topped with more hay to protect it!
Once the rain passes in a couple of days I can plant my seeds and seedlings! Excited to see what this new garden will offer!
With silver bells and cockleshells
And pretty maids all in a row…