I was a busy little bee this last week! 🐝
It was time to collect free mulch for my garden, so I had my sweet husband vacuum our yard with his mower. It worked like a charm! He was able to vacuum and dump about 4 or 5 loads of leaves next to my compost bin so I could use them for my garden. We have a LOT of trees in Oklahoma.
My radishes, carrots, and beets are growing really well, I’m quite happy with the seeds I purchased from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company. If you’re looking for some easy crops to grow in your first garden, I highly recommend radishes, carrots, and beets!
I cleaned the wood ash out of my fire pit and put it in my compost bin. Some people do not like to compost wood ash, but when I was researching I found an article by Oregon State University Extension Agency that was very helpful.
“Since wood ash is derived from plant material, it contains most of the 13 essential nutrients the soil must supply for plant growth,” said Sullivan. “When wood burns, nitrogen and sulfur are lost as gases, and calcium, potassium, magnesium and trace element compounds remain. The carbonates and oxides remaining after wood burning are valuable liming agents, raising pH, thereby helping to neutralize acid soils.”
So for the home gardener, wood ash can be a valuable source of lime, potassium and trace elements.
So far, I’ve harvested 144 radishes from our fall garden.
It was a busy week, but I still have a lot more work to do. I’ll keep y’all updated. Thanks for stopping by, I hope y’all have a great week! 😊