Back to the garden...we could tackle it with a good old fashioned shovel, but why do this when we can bring in the "big guns" in the form of a very reliable rototiller? That's what we did! I should say, that's what Todd did while I took the photos. I used to shovel, but my back doesn't appreciate the hard labor and I think my gardening would not be nearly as much fun if I had to put all of the backbreaking effort into this part of it.
With that being said, Todd dug it out of our shed and proceeded to do whatever you do to a rototiller to get it ready for use. It being a Honda, it lived up to its reputation and worked through the leaf mulch and sod in a jiffy.
Rescued from the garden before it was tilled was my Swiss Chard. I have been using it all Spring and I am now rethinking the whole idea of waiting until late Spring to plant this leafy green. I need to get myself in gear in Feb./March and start this plant inside on a sunny windowsill so it'll be ready to transplant outside once the temperatures are above freezing. It has been invaluable and I felt like an early pioneer who would go out scavenging for early Spring greens to add to their dried food winter diet.
|RESCUED!! One Swiss Chard|
|Some volunteer Calendula flowers|
Here's another rescued plant. It was actually growing at the edge of the garden in the lawn. I managed to move it before the lawn mower nabbed it. It looks like one of my summer lettuces I grew in years past. I love to find these volunteer plants by surprise.
It's such a bonus; it makes me feel like I won some kind of prize... I guess a free salad IS a prize!
|Rhubarb Swiss Chard|
This is a picture of my French Mesclun Cutting Lettuces and greens. I start them in a window box and cut the lettuce I will be using. This mix has served me well for three years strong now. I store the seed in a plastic bag inside a plastic box in the fridge. I also throw in any of those silica packs that you find in purses and shoes to help absorb moisture. This method of storing seems to really help as I have had some seed for quite a few years. The germination goes down, but I still am able to get plants and that's what counts.