In October, after double digging the garden beds, Lorenzo and I planted a cover crop mix of Bell Beans, Oats, Vetch and Field Peas. We found it to be a most satisfying planting, as the seeds are relatively large, easy to spread, and quick to germinate. Within a couple of weeks, a lush green sea covered the bare beds we had prepared and assured us that, in spite of years of benign neglect, the soil in our garden is alive and well. Lorenzo is not always pleased at the idea of making changes, so I wasn't sure how he'd respond when it came time to cut all the beautiful cover crops down and chop them into the soil. As it turned out, when the day arrived, he happily picked up a weed whacker and went to work.
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Apple House Blog
In the winter of 2009 we purchased 11 neglected acres in lower Bonny Doon. These are the stories of our unfolding lives as we attempt to create what we need, where we are.