Ready For Winter
November Garden Report: In the beginning of the month sunrise is at 6.42 am and sundown at 16.48 pm. At the end of the month a day is about 9.30 hours long. Also this month was warmer than usually. Weather was good with little rain and fog in the mornings with temperature about 5C. The first temperature under zero was not until November, 26th – on colourful sunny day.
I have had enough time to prepare soil for spring. First I have cut down shrubs to get more space (heavy work). As my soil is not very rich I have bought well-rotted farmyard manure. I have dug soil and spread manure over 1/3 of soil for which I suppose to be for vegetable garden next year. The final border and shape of the beds will be defined in early spring time. Two parts of three I have left without manure. After that I have covered soil with foliages and branches as protection from frost. In next spring I will use compost on the second part of soil and the third part will stay without any manure. Vegetable which is still in the garden I have covered with winter veil and old curtain and partly also with foliages. In a small cold bed I have parsley.
In next months the decorative part of the garden is waiting for me: protection against snow, winter cutting and trimming.
In the last years I try more and more to follow a natural approach, also to have less work and expenses. I try to follow these principles:
– not to buy chemical and plastic products for a garden, to use only that which is already at home,
– to do all work by myself,
– to collect my own seeds and to exchange them as much as possible,
– vegetable from my garden has to be cheaper than from the market.