Sunday, April 13, 2008

Look What I Found Under My Mess

Hola Senor Werm, glad you stayed warm under the Comfrey all winter.

Behind all of the weeds and overgrown, gone to seed broccoli I found Senor Werm and a beautiful spider wort in bloom. Why do beautiful plants sometimes have such awful names?
Here, relaxing under the Duchess De Brabrant, is Miss Trixie taking it easy.
I made it. I did not get lost. I did get sunburned. What did I do with all the broccoli and weeds? Well, I hid them behind the rose bush on the other side of the garden where there are several beds that won't be planted for a few weeks. You see, last summer I found a book among my grandfather's belongings. It was published in the 1950's and was about one woman's struggle to grow a productive vegetable garden. The point of the book was to use mulch. Last fall, I used my pulled weeds and the soft stuff from pruning to mulch my fallow beds. I just dumped them on top of the weeds that were growing in the unplanted beds. After about two weeks I pulled back my "mulch" and the weeds were dead. Better yet, the soil looked awesome. I just cleaned up my weed mulch and removed it to the compost pile. Then I planted my rows and was off. It's not pretty, but it works great. I looked and looked for about 10 seconds for the book so I could give you the title and author. I will actually spend a little time and look for it tomorrow. I am pretty sure it is no longer in print, but maybe you can find it at a used book store.
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  1. Doesn't Trixie look comfy? Love the worm too! I can't wait til I get some blooms. Spiderwort is a pretty awful name, isn't it? Oh well, it doesn't make them any less beautiful!

  2. Ha--victory! And you found Senor Worm, too! (We have Senor Snake tucked up under the shrub border in back, and I also tend to forget about him until I go up there to admire the snowdrops, winter aconites and hellebores.) And Trixie is beautiful!!! (We of course have Dixie, a dilute calico.) I always wanted a "real" calico!

  3. Your worm looks like the Loch Ness Monster -- he should do great things in your garden! :)

  4. Hi y'all Senor Werm is glad to be back in the sunlight.

    I hope you get some blooms soon cinj.

    Ben, I had to look up a dilute calico to find out what they looked like. Still sounds pretty. Trixie is my second cali. The first own was name....wait for it...DIXIE.

    Nancy, I never thought about Senor Werm looking like Nessy, but I can see you point.

  5. Lord I'm a dork. What my brain said and my fingers refused to translate was that the first one was named...