We celebrated Earth Day by doing one of the best things for her, gardening!
It’s all about the garden lately — which is perfect since we’ve been itching to get started on it ever since we arrived here.
We decided to go with mulching with straw this season to see how it does compared with wood chips which we’ve previously used. We ordered a truck load of straw from Valley Dam Feed and — ouch! — that was expensive! I’m not sure how I feel about a product that needs to be trucked in from far away places and priced accordingly, while there are numerous other resources available for protecting our most precious treasure, topsoil. We’ll see how it works for us in this garden. Austin and I have told each other that we will never get so big that we can’t mulch Earth’s topsoil with a natural material. Never! It’s just that important to us. We’ve been putting cardboard down alongside the edges of the garden’s perimeter to help prevent weeds from sneaking inward. We plan to put wood chips on top of the cardboard and have also been applying wood chips to the walkways as well since we love topsoil so much we don’t want to lose any to erosion.