Tomatoes, peppers and most squash don't like that much rain, so gardening has taken a hit while the weeds are on a joy ride. This late in the season it is also naturally the time to see a fade with the need to start some fall clean up. But this is a little too much.
|Veggie waste and weeds, 9/21/11|
I would normally try to cut this all up into small pieces to add to the compost pile, but this mountain is overwhelming. It could take hours or days cutting it up, versus maybe an hour to run it over to the park compost pile. Where they have front end loaders to do the mixing. So, gulp, I gave into the time priority and loaded the pile onto my motorized garden cart.
|Smarter gardening, 9/21/11|
Sometimes it just pays to bend a little. After all, the plant material is being composted, and I will bring back wood chips, grass clippings and leaves to my garden. So I am constantly adding more organic material to the beds. And it shows. I now have soil instead of clay, and big worms are now present to do the soil tilling the non motorized and quiet way. There was not a worm to be found three years ago.
|Same spot as above, now much prettier|
|Ready to start the fall gardening|