It’s here. Not a lot of snow has fallen yet, but there is definitely a dusting all over the yard. 15 Centimeters are expected by the end of today so Graham is busy getting the tarp over the Greenhouse.
I spent a couple of hours late yesterday afternoon, getting the main gardens finished and running around picking up garden tools and cleaning up around the barn area. Here’s what the yard looked like late yesterday afternoon. The work is mostly done and at the very least, mulching is done and tools are picked up.
It’s really important for anyone living in the Cariboo to get their tools picked up, cleaned and put away for the Winter. There is a real danger here of losing items because they are buried under snow – if we didn’t clean up, we might find the tools until April.
This summer, we had a friend hay the pasture of our property next door. He mentioned that he managed to get quite a bit of the thatch picked up – that’s the dead straw that has been laying on the ground for the last couple of years. When I told him I needed straw for mulching, he brought me over a round bale of really bad hay. We dropped it in the garden and I unrolled it and spread it out on the lower garden. I also used it to mulch the garlic beds. In years past, we have used composted horse manure, but this year, with Graham away working so much I just couldn’t get enough to amend the entire garden.
What manure I did get was used in the new garlic beds, before planting. In the last couple of days, I have mulched all the garlic beds with the hay from that round bale. I was happy to see hardly any seed heads on that hay, because I don’t want to end up doing even more weeding next year.
I’ve laid black plastic around the edges of the new beds and I may put gravel down. I need to come up with something for these border areas, so I don’t have to even think about weeding them next year. As the years go by, we are really trying to move to a low maintenance yard. Even with that in mind, there is always a lot of work to do when you have property, so every bit of time saved is a good thing.
Here’s what we woke up to this morning and we are pretty much ready for it. You can see Graham in the picture putting the tarp over the Greenhouse. This has worked so well for us! We only have 6 ml plastic on that greenhouse and we fully expected to have to change it out after a couple of years. However, with that tarp on there every Winter, the plastic has stood up and it’s been 5 or 6 years now!
We weigh down the tarp with the black plastic milk jugs – the same ones that we use during Spring to add extra heat at the end of the day for our seedlings inside. I just spray paint the jugs black and they heat up during the day and release that heat in the evening, when the outdoor temperatures start dipping.