Photos Around the Farm – May 2015
May is a busy time of year. Spring has just settled in and it’s getting nice enough to work outside .
This is the time of year we start our spring cleanup. Here are the first things I tackle.
- Cutting back older shrubs.
- Removing any perennials that didn’t make it through the winter.
- Picking up the twigs and branches that always find their way into the garden bed.
- General assessment of what new project to take on….this year it’s a new herb garden.
The beginnings of the new herb garden you see below was created from recycled materials. I started with some scrap wood rescued from the curb outside a rehab facility. I inquired if I could have a few pieces & they were more than happy to let me haul it away. What they pictured as trash, I saw as perfect compartments for a new herb garden.
I started in an unused section out back that receives great morning sun. First I laid down some cardboard to block the existing grass and weeds, then moved the scrap wood on top – there are actually 3 sections that I fit together as best I could.
I didn’t want to spring for fresh bags soil, and the pile of dirt I had available wasn’t the best for planting, kind of on the sandy side. So, I amended what was on hand with garden waste in a loosely translated lasagna method. The first layer was the cardboard. Next came the grass clippings – I always bag the first few cuts of the year for this very purpose. I layered in some compost & soil from other areas of the garden, then repeated this process adding a heavy layer of soil on top since I wouldn’t be waiting months for the first 2 layers to decompose before planting.
I’ll let it sit for a few weeks, mix it well then start planting in June. The organic matter will break down over time & feed my plants in the process.
Enjoy the other photos from around the farm this time of year.