1 10 2010

fresh from NW Organic Farm

i know you know this but . . . there’s nothing like fresh food.  it’s been a dismal year granted but there have been little glimpses of fantastic food this year.  NW Organic Farm in Ridgefield being one of the highlights for me this year during their Heirloom Garlic and Tomato Festival.  Great food, music, and people.  Put it on your calendar for next year, it’s worth the drive, third Saturday in September. 

We’re coming into the autumn finally, crazy weather notwithstanding, it’s time to yank out the garden, get rid of pest and diseased plants, mulch, cover crop, compost, and feed the soil preparing it for next spring.  NOW is the time to prep your soil, avoiding the battle of weeds if you do nothing.  Protect your soil from rain compaction, save yourself time (and money) by taking care of your garden now.  I know your probably done with the garden but get out there and get it done, you won’t be sorry you did.

I hope to see you at an autumn class ~ Putting the Garden to Bed, Lawn to Food: Converting Grass to Growing Space, Raised Bed Basics, and Basic Composting all coming to you in October.  This is also a great time of year for a consult ~ start planning, dreaming, and prepping for the next step. 

UFS will be at the first Green Drinks supported “Check ‘Em Off Green” holiday bazaar event at Marshall Center Saturday, November 13.  It will be a great one for finding recycled, reused, reloved items at affordable prices for your friends and family.  What could be better?  Local crafters, recycled materials, affordable prices, convenient location!  Detailed info will be coming as the time draws near.

Heirloom tomatoes from NW Organic Farm

Don’t fret my friends.  All farmers, backyard or otherwise, have bad years.  Chalk it up to experience and start dreaming about next year.



One response

5 10 2010

The optimism of a gardener and the way we plan for next year while we are tending or ignoring this years garden. This year it was it was especially hard to be in the moment.

Thanks for reminding me that there is work to do other than planning for next year.

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