We are ‘therapy’ gardeners. The thin soils mean that we have very little moisture held over from any rain or snow. The soil we have is high clay content, so it can stay too wet to work until the day everything dries to the point of high fire danger. Then we hope we don’t go for more than two weeks without rain or we’ll be carrying water. We try to use the resources available to us for soil enrichment and to fight pests with resources at hand.
I’ve been a dedicated vermi-composter for over 15 years. I lived in the high desert country of Wyoming at the time; climate was too cold and dry for easy composting. All my compost pile did was attract musky smelling varmints.
When I read about composting with redworms in an issue of Organic Gardening, I was SOLD. I keep worms for kitchen garbage that didn’t appeal to the cats, dog or chickens. The worms turn coffee grounds and filters, tea bags along with the occasional paper towel and my junk mail into rich black soil.
We have two horses and a bunch of chickens who create wonderful fertilizer for the garden plots, yard and hay areas. The blog posts here will be detailing these things that we do along with our successes and failures over time.
Our gardening efforts have HEALTH as a motivator. When Mother Nature works with us, we have healthy food that we’ve nurtured. We know the elements that were used to grow and process this food if we have enough to store. We know the conditions for using the food fresh from the garden. We have enough to share with family and friends. We are as active as we can be — working at computers is hazardous to one’s health…they say that the computer chair is the new cigarette. I work online as BAR JD — building websites, of which The Legacy Gardens is an example. Being in our garden is another opportunity to move around and stay healthier.