While some of the plants are on winter hiatus, we human’s work has only just begun!
Every winter, the garden undergoes a bit of an upheaval or overhaul. This ‘down’ season is crucial for the overall well- being of the garden. What improvements or tweakings we do will determine what kind of growing season we have next year (barring the weather, of course) It’s a season to take stock and make adjustments.
Chop Chop! There’s pruning of the fruit trees, blueberry bushes, and perennial herbs also get thinned out. Removing “the Three D’s” (dead, diseased or damaged) branches help with the overall health of perennial plants. WHY PRUNE?
Thanks to global weirding, the guys are busy building a cold frame (got some nice wood, cheap wood from the Habitat for Humanity store just down the road from the homestead). We are also doing a bit of reorganizing in the garden.
There is a slew of things on the “to do” list and we are still cleaning up from “one of the worst natural disasters to befall Pasadena in 100 years. ” (See Wild Wind ) Pasadena streets are still lined with downed trees and limbs… ours included. It’s a massive clean up undertaking from the destruction of trees. Sadly, the famous LA Arboretum received extensive tree damage and is closed indefinitely. City services are turning all the downed trees into free mulch for Pasadena residents which is available at one of the Rose Bowl’s parking lot
With a farm, nothing is static. So, unlike our neighbors with their plain lawns and ordinary ornamentals, our yard has us doing mental gymnastics just to keep up. One of the major challenges is space – or rather the lack of space – to keep supplies, dirt, compost piles, and salvaged wood. We can’t just pile it here or there because it gets in the way.
Longtime readers will know that we LOVE saving water and using ollas in the garden (Learn more about using clay pot irrigation in the garden) , not to mention Sis and I did a bit of shopping – thanks to the packing material the ollas were packed in.
More about our second- hand clothes scores in a later post…
I’m dreaming of spring, what about you?