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With the break in the freezing cold weather, I'm curious to find out who's been working outside and what you've been doing. I plan on working in the flower beds and veggie bed tomorrow. (Working today.) I need to put down some fresh compost in the both and I need to cut back and trim dead foliage on my flowers. I also have fall veggies to pull from the veggie garden.
Yesterday I put out 50 King Alfred bulbs. I have been outside all day today and loving it. Trimmed pampas grass, perenials that didn't get trimmed last year and sprawled all over, and spread compost. This is the first time that I have done serious composting and I am so proud of my dirt!!! Also thinned some cannas and iris and put them out at the curb for free pickup. I hope that someone takes them and enjoys them. Yes, spring fever has struck here in Pflugerville!!! It remains to be seen if I can even walk tomorrow!! LOL
yes, It is no good for the soil biology to pull vegetables or plants.
the older roots will be eaten by small bacteria in the soil and by worms.
it will take years to re-build the "soil biology" when you "yank" a root.
Okay, was working outside but getting the last of the Christmas lights taken down and put away... Now that that's done, I've got the IHORT GH and the little Burpee Tomato GH's filled with seeds. I know I got the late start, but with a few encouraging words from people here, I got revitalized and have renewed ambition for this year.
I pull up all my nightshade plants tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant. That's what I've always done. I don't even compost them too much chance of spreading disease. I burn them or put them in the trash. Legumes I cut off bc they're roots fix nitrogen. Some of the tomato plants have had such massive root balls I fell on my hind end when they finally came loose. Lol
I did work outside almost all weekend. Really tidying up the chicken coop and run and the goat stalls. All manure shifted to the compost pile or directly to the waiting veggie beds. Planted out some new blueberry bushes, pruned many roses and fruit trees. Also walked my new pasture to determine how much seed to order for same. Got one bed almost completely ready for the onion starts and planted out many of the onions. It is going to take me a few days to get those done. I moved my night eyes into a new section of the pasture and the coyotes were up all night howling about it. Even had a bit of time to spend on the back porch reading my newest Kindle book. It was a lovely weekend, and now I'm at work...