Thursday, April 29, 2010

Fertilizer Friday. Little Pig meets Brer Rabbit

It's Friday, and that means a visit to Fertilizer Friday over at Tootsie Time.
Check out her blog party and see what other people have blooming in their gardens.

Are you ready for the next chapter in our story?

(I have taken some poetic license with a few things in this story to make it easier to follow the action.)

The little pig, went on his way, happy as a clam at high tide, with his load of straw all moved to his garden.

In the same town, lived Brer Rabbit. He lived with all of his brothers and sisters and cousins and inlaws and nieces and nephews and second cousins twice removed in a big building. All of the rabbits liked to go to shows, where they would compete for ribbons.

All of these rabbits, living on one building made an awful mess, and it was Brer Rabbit's job to clean up the mess. He shoveled and shoveled and scooped and loaded and moved all of the the rabbit droppings to a big pile outside the building.

But Brer Rabbit knew that if the city inspector came along and saw that pile there would be trouble, because rabbits weren't allowed in this neighborhood, so Brer Rabbit needed to find someone to haul the pile away, so the city inspector wouldn't see it.

Just then, the little pig came driving along in his little white truck. He saw Brer Rabbit standing there by the big pile. So he stopped and made a deal with Brer Rabbit.

If Brer Rabbit would load all that big pile into the little pigs' white truck, the little pig would haul it away for him, absolutely free.

So, the little pig hauled away the pile of Rabbit manure (did you know that the bed of a Ford Ranger will hold approximately 1.5 cubic yards of rabbit manure?).

The little pig hauled rabbit manure to his garden, he unloaded it by hand, into a wheelbarrow and wheeled it to the garden.

He spread some of his straw on the garden, about 2 inches deep in 4 foot wide strips. This went directly on top of the grass and Creeping Charlie that was growing there. The straw would act as a mulch barrier to weeds, it would block the growth from below and help retain moisture.

Then he covered the strips with a 3-4 inch layer of rabbit manure. He didn't get it all done yet, but he is working on it.

He hopes to have the ground all ready to plant by around May 15th.

Meanwhile back at the ranch, the Chives are thriving, the Oregano is growing like a weed, the Thyme, Marjoram, Sage and Purple Sage, all seem to have survived the winter. One variety of Savory is doing quite well, but the other, while alive is struggling. The French Tarragon is doing great, and the Garlic is doing well.

The Apple Mint, and Peppermint are both slowly peeking out of their wintery homes, and the Spearmint seems to be finally making an appearance, although that barrel seems to have more Catnip than Spearmint. The two strawberry plants are both looking healthy.

Here's our main Herb bed, since Tootsie's rules say I have to show something growing, and it will be a while before there is anything growing in the big garden.

Look for more pics of all of our herbs next week!

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  1. Troy, I'm interested in your continuing story of getting the garden ready. I know it involves a lot of work but it will be worth it as you enjoy your home-grown vegetables! Looking forward to part III of the garden in progress!
    Blessings, Beth

  2. Sounds like you made a deal!! He didn't know that you probably would have been happy to load the truck too!

  3. This is going to be exciting to watch! The first year is the hardest!

  4. Oh I envy your herb garden! I have a few herbs in pots but I really need to plant them in the ground.

  5. Watching your garden grow with you is fun!

  6. We just put our raised beds in and did a similar layering. It will be so nice to have all new dirt to play in.