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October 13, 2009 - Janet DelTurco
Well, I did it again.Every year I seem to wait for the coldest, windiest and generally most unpleasant day to start the major clean-up in the vegetable garden. It has been looking sad and unkempt for a few weeks now, but it never seemed to be the right time to go out there and get going. Then today everything came together, the wash is done, winter and summer clothes switched over, outside goldfish brought inside to a clean tank, herbs potted up and brought in, and the house as clean and close to tidy as it ever gets. No more excuses, so out I went this morning. Now, two hours later, I have frozen fingers, grubby knees, and finger nails full of mud, but a great sense of accomplishment. My garden is arranged so that I can complete one task at a time, before the aching back wins over. I have 11 plots, each about five feet square, and divined by paving stone paths. That way I can plan how much to do in one spell, and feel good about getting it done. Today was the tomato bed. I started with the worst one. The support rings had to be pulled out, rotting and too small tomatoes put in my compost bin, the paths cleaned offand the vines and weeds collected into the bins I take out to the city. And then the nice clean soil needed digging over and covering with a winter quilt of compost from the bottom of the bin. Now when I go out to the garage I can look at one clean space. Only ten more to go! Some are easy, the bean vines are already gone and the potatoes dug, so only need a light weeding and some digging. The asparagus bed has a few weeds, and the parsnips, Brussels sprouts and a few broccoli and cauliflower plants are hanging on yet. If I get one bed done each day, that will leave time, I hope, to get the flowers put to rights before the snow flies.
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