Monday, October 15, 2012

Get to Work

Quit lying around.

Don't put off preparing until tomorrow. NOW is the time to start your gardening plans.

Right now.

Dig a plot, pick out some seeds, plant something, turn your compost, feed the chickens, take down a branch to provide sunlight, put a fruit tree in the ground, shop for a better shovel... whatever needs doing, do it. One piece at a time and you will succeed. But if you lie around, you cannot expect to do well.

"I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man."

-Proverbs 24:30-34

By the way... this post is just as much for me as anyone else. Sure, I pulled over 100lbs of sweet potatoes a couple weeks ago... and I've put some trees in the ground... and I've been fighting my invasive cogongrass... but many, many more things need my hands on them. What needs fixing at your place?

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At October 15, 2012 at 1:00 PM , Blogger Wendy said...

Weeding a new tomato bed and planting (deep) my leggy sweet 100s tomato plants I started from seed :) I don't know how I am going to support them yet. I just needed to get them in the ground before they got any bigger! I may end up with using new stakes (my old ones are broken, brittle, too short, etc) or making some sort of trellis. I always wanted to use that concrete reinforcing wire stuff... I was thinking I could just weave the stems through that, but I need to build something to attach that to...

At October 15, 2012 at 1:19 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

Good for you! If you can find them, cattle panels are really nice for tying things to - they're stiffer than concrete wire.

I also saw some folks use palmetto mid-ribs for stakes like you'd use bamboo. It has that nice Robinson Crusoe vibe, too.

The last few days I've been hoeing and planting my biointensive beds to make a fall garden. Good workout for sure.

Thanks for stopping by, Wendy.

At October 17, 2012 at 10:44 PM , Blogger said...

For us, this is the best time of the year to catch up on all those garden projects that just did not seem to get done in the heat of the summer. Time to clean out old weeds, trim back the bamboo and, most of all, enjoy some cooler weather! No excuses now, except that it's getting darker earlier. (Guess that means we will just have to sit around the fire ring more at night.-lol
Thanks for the dose of motivation.

At October 17, 2012 at 10:50 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

Totally. I start to feel like I'm really lazy about mid-summer... just can't seem to get stuff done. Then as fall creeps in and the temperature falls, I realize... "I wasn't all that lazy... I was just DYING IN THE 100 DEGREE HEAT! Let me at it!"

Bamboo is one of my favorite plants, btw. Talk about a useful thing to have around. Wish mine would grow up faster!

At October 18, 2012 at 11:06 AM , Blogger Ten at Eat Your Sands said...

i've noticed in the beginning of the hottest part of the year, around late june, is the very best time to lay mulch early in the morning. then the rainy season comes and breaks down the mulch, and by the beginning of fall planting in september the soil is healthy looking. just get all your mulching done by 10 am and you should be fine. :)

At October 18, 2012 at 11:28 AM , Blogger David The Good said...

Yes - I could see that. I've done it at multiple times of the year and it's always been much better than being mulchless. Summer is awesome for breaking down organic matter.


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