I was outside in the soon to be garden the other day. I was surveying the work I had in front of me this year. (groaning) I looked up to see my DN (dear neighbor) walking across his field to ask me something, and I knew what the question was going to be. "Don't you want me to till this year?"
You see I wasn't going to till this year, I have read for years about the benefits of the no-till-deep mulch- method and I thoroughly believe in it, it is just that I have been less than successful in carrying it out. This year I thought, I am not working outside the home, I will be able to tackle the job.
I moved some fences around this last week, mostly to get a u shaped chicken run around the garden. I figure they can be a barrier against the garden pests on 3 sides. I also doubled the garden, after all I am not working outside the home anymore so I can handle it. The first day I started driving the fence posts I drove in 3 and was done in. I realized that I hadn't had breakfast and I went in and just never got back to the fences that day. The next day however, Wally and I managed to get the other 18 posts in and all the chickens wrangled into their new pasture.
When we moved in here 9 years ago this month, I was in my early 40's, and while walking Wally 2 miles a day has made my early morning shadow look really good, (though I think it is stretching the truth a little) I am having to work hard to get myself ready for full force gardening this year. Just because I have more time to do it doesn't mean that my body is all in favor of it!
So I looked at my garden with the area I had added, all that sod, I thought of the hours I would have to spend ripping it all out, I turned to my neighbor and I said sheepishly "yes please, but don't tell my husband."
Happy Weaving and Gardening, Tina