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Sad GroVid22 Days Ahead!

Every year, the garden starts out full of such Hope and Promise! January is the excitement of pouring over seed catalogs, and then, buying seeds! The seeds being sown in February brings the first blooms of GREEN, after a long cold winter. March is a time of actually getting into the garden outside, as I start planting Potato Starts, and then later, April and May is when transplants happen...

Above: Sad, empty Fabric Grow Bags, as I remove old grown, and retire the soil to a compost heap for the late fall and winter.

Late spring and early summer is the first of the fruits and vegetables, arriving. Lots of excitement as first meals from fresh vegetables happen. But not as amazing, this year.

Perhaps the past few years really lulled me into a false sense of accomplishment. This year's Drought has reduced my harvest to about one third of past years.

Above: Two of three remaining Potato plantings are getting harvested (top and Bottom pots)
Below: The middle pot remains, alone, of the Potato Plantings

It's not exciting, for sure... a simple pile of dirt for now. under that soil is the cuttings of the squash, potato, zucchini, and red broccoli, plus some tomato plants that have died back. Many small branches that have fallen, some random weeds, and a couple layers of green grass clippings. All of the items are mixed, alternating, and layered. This helps to promote good compost.

There are many schools of thought: 30 to 1 Brown to Green by weight. 50-50% mix, turn daily, turn weekly, turn, turn turn, for every season.... wait, that's different. Compost happens with any growing thing. Eventually. Period. If it grows, it will eventually turn back to soil.

It only remains to see HOW FAST something breaks down into good compost. For me, I take the soil from my containers, and put it into my compost pile, and mix with other green - Nitrogen (live plants, grass, etc) and brown - Carbon (dead leaves, dead sticks, shredded clean cardboard, etc) the magic happens over time. For me, late fall, into winter is the key to letting my soil rejuvenate, for use in the spring. I'll add that compost to the bottom third to half of each container in spring... and begin anew!

Sure, we're coming to the end of the GroVid22 Gardens, but, coming in a few short months, GroVid23!

Show me your garden!
Leave me a comment, below... and a link to your garden!

It's time to take control of your own food supply,
your own health and your own lives.

The GroVid22 Challenge:
Grow Your OWN is not just a simple short challenge,
it's about taking control of your future!

Happy New Planting and Cheers,

All Photos by Bluefin Studios unless specified.

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