I’ve been watering my little garden every day to keep it green and growing. The people I work with who have conventional gardens either have to water or let their gardens burn to a crisp. We haven’t had a good rain for weeks. There’s been a smattering here and there but it’s getting scary dry again. I’d visit my tomatoes and basil and while they looked good and perky, when I’d push my finger down in the soil, it would feel dry. I guess I need to get one of those moisture sensors but I don’t have one yet. I knew I had to do something to conserve water because what I have in the trash can under the unused downspout is down by half.
My father-in-law would take the shredded paper I’d bring home from work to put on his garden when the “drowth” (as he called it) hit. If he ran out of that, he used any kind of paper they had discarded including cereal boxes and grocery sacks.
We don’t shred the bulk of the confidential paper at the hospital any more. It goes to a company that shreds it for a fee. With the dawn of HIPAA, anything that has a patient’s name, address, birthdate or Social Security number—ANYTHING that could identify them—it has to be shredded. That could be a full time job for someone. We have a small shredder in the office but it’s rarely used.
Like all indentity-theft conscious individuals, here at home I shred anything that might fall into the wrong hands. Most of the time, it goes in with the other trash but this time I’d saved it. I had a good-sized bag of it that was enough to cover the front box. I came back in and shredded enough to cover the back one:
It looks like a thick layer but it isn’t. It’s very fluffy as long as it’s dry. When it rains it will be another matter. Right now, it looks like IF it rains. Yesterday, it clouded up and looked promising but it was just fooling around.
This picture is a bit closer and shows that it’s getting to be a veritable jungle out there:
These are the little tomatoes from a couple of weeks ago:
And here they are today:
The largest one is about the size of a golf ball. I have plenty of tomatoes to eat in the meantime but I’m looking forward to being able to sink my teeth into one of my homegrown ones!
Here’s one from the other side of the garden:
There are lots of tomatoes coming on if I can just keep them from drying out. I harvested some worm “tea” and fed some of them this morning.
After having my SoilSaver composter for months, I put it together today. I should have some good stuff to put in the boxes come next summer. It’s a lot bigger than I thought it would be so there should be no problem disposing of compostables with that, the earthworms and what I put directly on the garden.
I know this one looks a lot like the ones I posted above but I’m so excited you’ll have to excuse me:
If anyone out there is toying with the idea of going to Square Foot Gardening, I’d say quit thinking about it and DO IT! It’s almost foolproof. It’s like eating raw food—if I can do it, you can do it!