Sunday, March 29, 2015
The Best Things
It's a beautiful day today. Bright blue skies and 25 degrees as forecasted.
There's a bright blue tarp covering the peach...SM's last minute attempt to salvage the blooms.
Yesterday was spent hauling and shoveling compost into the raised beds. We hadn't done that in a few years and the existing soil had compacted down about a foot in some of the beds.
Not too far from where we live is Tarheel Bark. They bag up all sorts of mulch and soils and gravels and ship them to the big box stores like Lowes. Fortunately for us, they also sell direct to the public and we've used them for years taking our pickup for them to fill and hauling back all sorts of goodies.
I was super pleased yesterday when SM and I placed our order to see that they are now selling mushroom compost in bulk! We bought 2 yards of the good stuff and I couldn't be more pleased.
Over the years, weed seed had blown into the raised beds and (even though I pulled them out) I decided to place a layer of cardboard on top of the existing soil to act as a weed block. Then SM and I tossed the mushroom compost on top of that.
Two yards filled all five beds nicely and we'll use whats left over today when SM transplant the grapes to a new location where we'll also build an arbor.
Standing back, I have to say that one of the best things about Spring is the promise it brings. I look at that blue sky and those beds filled with rich compost and it fills me with contentment.
Yes, it's work that most folks would pass on.
Why garden when there's a market down the street?
Why have flowers growing in your yard when the TV's on?
Why have a place to sit in the shade on a hot day when the air conditioner's on?
I hated gardening when I was a kid.
Now, all I want to do is be outside, play in the dirt, plant some flowers, pull some weeds.
I'm so glad I'm in a position where can indulge this desire.
This hobby of mine is time consuming and expensive.
But it's one of the best things in my life.
I wouldn't trade it for anything.