Primary Earth-friendly Gardening Tenents:

*Tolerate minimal damage to plants and lawn from pests. *Build and maintain healthy soil by using compost and natural soil amendments. *Use chemicals as a last resort. *Use native plants when possible. They are adapted to the climate, soil and area pests. *Attract Beneficial Insects to increase pollination and decrease harmful pests. *Conserve water by using responsible watering methods.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

it's compost season

The growing season seemed to pass too quickly this year.

Much of the garden will actually bloom for 4-6 more weeks, but I begin a class the first of October and will be gone all day Saturdays - so, the plan this weekend is to cut back and put the beds down as best we can.

I am excited about my class - Organic Gardening Certificate Program - offered through OSU, PSU, and Oregon Tilth. (Edible Portland Spring 2009, page 30)

Today I brought in several beans, snow peas, a dozen tomatoes, the last of the lettuce, cucumbers and a few potatoes. The row covers are back on with cold nights. The drip system is off, with rain starting.

Overall it has been a good year - we enjoyed a lot of meals from a first year garden. Tonight I made a rice and tofu dish with garden vegetables and a Thai chili pepper and Thai basil.

The squirrels dug up the last lettuce starts and I gave up the 2 week rotation after that - the Brussels sprouts and kohlrabi did not survive the early season cabbage looper attacks . . . the last Asian eggplants are looking a bit peaked. . . the carrot have been tasty, but many are quite sculptural.

Yep, overall a good year.

And now compost season begins. A year round activity, but the corner stone of the Fall cycle. I have worked the worm bins and added fresh bedding after months of summer excess. I have harvested lbs of worms for classrooms, friends and neighbors.