Digging fall and the winter garden
The winter garden is in! Ya baby!!! Radish, lettuce, kales, bok choy, beet, broccoli, spinach and iffy I know, but one last ‘Early Girl” tomato are all in the ground for winters garden. Southern California shines for gardeners all year round but winter is when it’s real nice. No bugs, not as much water, no wilting or leaf mold. I turned 2 big garbage cans of compost into the soil along with the bazillion worms that came with it. Tons! Composting has turned out to be super easy and I reduce my curb trash volume by a lot. Never thought a girl could be so happy about transforming magazines and all that other crap that comes in the mail into dirt and growing vegetables with it, but I am. And never ever thought I’d add pix to a narrative and share it with strangers, but I am. Oh, and for the record, let’s just stick with the story that I always look like a bobble head from the show ‘South Pacific’ while working in the garden and that I don’t sweat or get dirty, just like the pictures state. I’m in love with that new hat I got in china town, btw!
If you’re stuck thinking about the “bazilliion worms” I mentioned earlier, and even maybe a bit creeped out. I get it! First the worms come out of nowhere. I never planted them in the compost. They know where the action is. They break down my shredded junk mail and kitchen scraps in 3-6 mo and turn it completely into soil. (Check out my post on composting HERE.) The castings are a fancy term for their poop and it’s full of good stuff for the plants and soil. Look up ‘worm castings’ or ‘vermicompost’ on the internet. You might stop squirming…or maybe you won’t. Ha!