I am in the midst of creating two new garden beds at our Tuxedo home.
While there are plenty of existing beds that need attention, I
wanted a garden outside the south-facing living room window, and thought that grass between the sidewalk and front of the house seemed...well, unnecessary.
I also wanted to try making them via the "lasagna garden"method vs. digging up the sod, which can be back-breaking work. And the lasagna method is best done in the fall, so despite the mad rush I am taking on the challenge.
The beds I am making are big and require a lot of organic matter. This means that I am putting on my rubber boots, grabbing my wheelbarrow & snow shovel and taking to the streets.
|Before dropping their leaves the trees form a gorgeous connected arch over the road.|
There are loads of wet, mushy leaves in the gutter at the side of the road and I am taking all I can get. They may not be that rich in nutrients but they are plentiful and allow me to started.
I have "cleaned the streets" in front of my own house and those of my neighbours up and down the block.
And that is why they must think I am crazy.
Did I mention that by the time I am home from work and had dinner that I am "cleaning the streets" in the dark? I know that if I didn't have the context and saw my neighbour doing the same, I would think they were obsessive-compulsive.
Whereas I am just enthusiastic ;)
Sharing with Blooming Tuesday, Garden Tuesday, Outdoor Wednesday, Nature Notes and for the first time Rural Thursday
Join the club. I was convinced to accept the fact that the neighbors think I'm crazy a while ago.ReplyDelete
My neighbour called me an 'extreme gardener'. I was quite flattered.Delete
If you drive up back lanes, you can grab bags of leaves from your neighbours, too.ReplyDelete
I've put a reminder in my calendar for the night before yard waste pick up...Delete
Sometimes, ya gotta do what ya gotta do! Good luck with the garden. Can't wait for photos.ReplyDelete
I can't wait to share!Delete
I bet your neighbors were thankful for the clean up. Will be excited to see how your beds turn out.ReplyDelete
Come to think of it they may have. As I was walking the dogs I could not help but notice that our block looked particularly clean...Delete
Wow..I learned a lot and I can do this is spots that I want to start fresh...great info..thank you....MichelleReplyDelete
So glad you learned something. It is my second time trying this, but I have never seen the results from the first, so it is still something very new for me.Delete
haha too funny! Hopefully it works and was worth all the trouble :) Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
I'll have to wait until next spring to be sure, but I've got a good feeling that it will be worth it.Delete