Posted by: Small House Under a Big Sky Homestead | December 2, 2012

Putting the Garden to Bed

Fall Garden Prep Part Two:

Last week we dumped eight large bags of maple leaves (hauled back from my son’s yard) onto our vegetable garden plot. Today, I added nine 5-gallon buckets of homemade garden compost and ten large bags of store-bought manure that have been in a pile alongside the pole born for way to many years.


The vegetable garden enriched with maple leaves and composted soil.

The ideal thing would be purchase a dump truck load of well composted organic manure but we just don’t have enough “ump” left in us to find, order and spread that right now. It’s been a very long AND very physical summer and fall for us between tree cutting down, wood cutting up, stump grinding, branch chipping, and White Pine tree planting and watering, raking, and our 2 ½ acre garden of perennials cutting back, and compost hauling and spreading.


Close up of the composted soil and manure piled over the maple leaves.


The fenced in area next to the pole barn is the space for our vegetable garden. Come spring we’ll plant green and yellow snap beans, kale, and tomatoes.

Whew! We are SO ready for the blessed rest of the winter season! Even in the Allegan County “snow belt” with  just snow blowing and shoveling it will seem almost like a vacation.  (As long as it doesn’t snow the 93″ of snow in December that it snowed the first year we moved here. Boy did I think we had made a mistake moving here!)

There is nothing like walking out to the garden for fresh, organic vegetables on a summer’s day. But for today, I am grateful that garden is put bed to bed for the winter!

Small House / Big Sky Donna


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