Welcome to Wednesday Open Thread. Come on in and write about what you are doing today. How do you feel about your lawn?
My truckload of topsoil weighed 5,000 pounds. I moved all of it in my little wheelbarrow, mixing the soil with wood ashes, bone meal, bunny manure and lots of peat moss.
It was a lot of field hand work which I did in all weather at least six hours a day. (I also put together a chicken coop and run that same winter but that's another diary.) It has paid off in food for my family. Here in the temperate heart of the Willamette Valley, our mild winters allow me to grow all kinds of greens and even broccoli and carrots.
I had worried about two things when I did this: my gardening skills or lack thereof would be on public display and passerbys might steal my food. I found that my garden allowed me to meet a lot of good neighbors and passerbys. I feel like lady bountiful handing out green beans and pears. No one has ever taken a thing.
In my neighborhood, I sell my eggs and get money but often trade for lilacs, herbs and bread. My little plot is part of our local food system.
This June my yard is going to be part of a walking tour of sustainable agriculture yards, so I am busy weeding and planting. I will try to blog the event.