Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Early Summer Workdays
This past weekend, we had so many amazing people out to the rooftop to get dirty! Everyone was glad to get their fingers (and toes) in the mud. And, holey moley was it muddy. Rain poured down so hard you couldn't see at times. But, by the end of breakfast, the sky cleared, and we got straight to work.
Dietrich's sister and kids came to help (and get muddy!) After much digging and mixing dirt with perlite and worm castings on Saturday, we planted all the tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, and basil. All the beds were lined with landscape fabric by Nick and Elena, and most of one side was filled with dirt. Mike turned the compost over, To celebrate a long, hard day of work, we had a lovely huge dinner- compliments of Roman Berock'n, with wine by Mr. Prince and a delicious salad made from goods of the roof.
Sunday brought spontaneous rain showers- forcing us to take a break every once in a while :) Alex constructed a lovely light new lid for the compost bin!
Dietrich and I planted all the medicinal herbs starts into the golden spiral bed. It looks great- We can't wait until the plants make the bed a living spiral.
We thinned the carrots- and ate most of them (with lots of help from Izzy.)
We finished filling the beds with great amounts of digging. (Thanks for all the elbow grease, everyone.) We planted corn- in preparation for a "Three Sisters" bed. The Native Americans would plant their corn, then plant climbing beans to climb up the corn stalks, and then pumpkins as a ground cover.
Amna and I seeded sunflowers, Joel and his wife weeded almost all the beds, and Alex and Dietrich finished off the last half-sized beds. The muddy muddy sod was evened out a bit, and reconstructed to form some semblance of a lawn.
The garden is completely transformed. It's beautiful. The fruits of our labor are growing now, and will sustain us for months, and years, to come.