I am finally getting the hang of this compost thing....and things are really starting to heat up!
I've always just thrown things in the compost, willy nilly and never took the time give it much more thought than that. So, this year I have made the conscious decision to turn the piles once a week...and guess what....it's really starting to pay off!
With the regular turning, the pile is heating up quicker and breaking down faster.
Just what every gardener wants....More black gold!
We combined two garden spaces together and chose to cover the grass in between with cardboard, amendments and deep mulch?
Well, patience is a virtue....waiting was the hardest part of this whole...."no work" method.
Last year was excessively dry here in North Idaho, with wildfires all around the region, unfortunately the garden wasn't watered regularly and was neglected for long periods of time while we preoccupied ourselves with the fire danger.
In the end the deep mulch did it's job and we still reaped a harvest.
I didn't expect much from the lasagna gardening portion because, we did absolutely nothing with it!
Now that the snow has melted off the garden, it was time to see how our "Lasagna" turned out.
The mulch has broke down a lot and I was surprised to still see intact cardboard underneath the mulch. Beneath that the grass is broke down and gone....perfect!
We are planning on not tilling the garden this year and putting the "No Dig" garden method to the test.
Not the most beautiful time of year for my garden...Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I can see beautiful things in the near future!
Although my greenhouse isn't heated and minimum overnight temperatures dipped down to a frigid 23 degrees last night, that didn't stop me from bringing my seedlings out to enjoy today's blissful sunshine.
Once the sun hits the greenhouse, it doesn't take long for it to naturally heat up to a cozy 70 degrees.
After the sun goes down, I will haul the trays into the house and back under the grow lights and continue to dream of Spring!
Garden confession: The boys don't share my enthusiasm for parsnips. I've tried cooking them many different ways, to no avail.
So being the sneaky mom that I am, I found a way for them to eat parsnips without complaining.
Straight up....shredded in soup!
This Sundays soup, met all my needs to feed my family on the cheap...
Not only was it meatless, I was able to hide fresh Parsnips and dried Kale in it.
Stretched for two nights worth of meals and was even better on day 2 with compliments from my teenager....woop! woop!
It's the small victories that can make this mom happy!
I love that soups are so forgiving, frugal and can be made in larger quantities with endless possibilities...I never follow a recipe and always just throw one together with whatever is in season or on hand.