Another sunrise, another new beginning. – Jonathan Lockwood Huie
This week, a cool change has been forecast. I hope summer is on it’s way out! Last Sunday, it was cooler than usual, a balmy 32 degrees. Feeling a rush of enthusiasim, I took the opportunity to finally pull out all the struggling plants left after a searing summer and put them all out of their misery.
I had so much green waste as a result and stuffing it all in the compost tumblers would have taken an age for it to break down. My last batch of compost has been tainted by the addition of some sweet potato cuttings. Instead of breaking down inside the tumbler, the robust sweet potato sprung roots and new shoots! I didn’t chop it up enough and it ended up becoming a tangled mess.
But luckily, this time I had a great solution. My dad has a fantastic petrol powered mulcher. We fired it up, fed it all through and it chomped it all up in less than an hour. Instead of a huge tangled pile of wilted capsicum, chilli, eggplant, sweet potato, spring onions and fermented watermelons, I now have a surprisingly small pile of lovely fine shredded mulch.
If you didn’t have a mulcher, you could chop all your seasons green waste up by hand using secataurs, or if you prefer hands that aren’t covered in blisters and callouses, you can run over the pile a few times with a lawnmower with the catcher on.
We shuffled a few things around, tidied up, cleared all the rubbish, swept the space clean and now I feel primed to go for the new season. Tomorrow, I will order some manure to be delivered and plan to spread it out to the last of all the remaining beds on Saturday, as it has forecast for rain next Sunday and Monday. The thought of two days of rain soaking into freshly manured and prepared veggie beds delights me no end, which is pretty hilarious considering haven’t actually planted anything yet. What can I say? I have this garden thing bad.
Even though it’s exhausting physical work, it feels fantastic to have it all done. That’s the wonderful thing about vegetable gardening, even if it is all a spectacular failure one season, the opportunity exists for you to apply all you learned and give it another go.
Come to think of it, it’s not a bad philosophy for life either.