Sunday, March 21, 2010

Make mine a lasagna

I went to a couple of gardening workshops yesterday. One was on sustainable vegetable gardening, and the other was on the sorts of beds one can use in a vegetable garden. Both were interesting and I got a lot of good info. I've been doing a lot of gardening workshop/lecture stuff lately, it feels like. You know, as opposed to actual gardening. We got some snow this week, but it will be gone soon and it will be time to get going on it.

I purchased some of these brackets, which were sort of expensive, but I figured if I got them, I could make one really nice bed that will last a while. One of the emphases yesterday was on reusing materials, but I find I usually don't have the patience to sift through the freecycle and Craigslist stuff for more than a few minutes. I feel like I'm wasting my time. I know I should work on that more, and thought maybe if I could find an old bathtub with feet, it would make a fun planter for the raspberries I'd like to grow (image).

One of the techniques mentioned yesterday, which is very appealing to me is called Lasagna gardening. It's so very simple it seems like it wouldn't work, but the instructor assured us that it does. You start by soaking old newspapers (think 1/2" thick or more) or pieces of corrugated cardboard in water long enough for them to get really wet. You lay those down and overlap them a lot so for weed control. Then you layer uncomposted organic stuff - a mix of anything you'd normally compost. Then you add actual compost, and top it with a layer of topsoil. Sounds like it's worth trying.

In other news, I'm back doing the online dating thing. It wears me out, but I told myself I'd devote some effort to it before the weather go too nice, in addition to trying to get out and join things, attend things and do things. This past week I met someone, exchanged some good emails, and finally talked and Skyped with him last night. It was only when we were more or less face to face that we both realized there's no chemistry. Is it effort wasted? In the big picture, no. You have to be willing to have that happen a few times. I figure I've got really no more than two of those in me before I take a break. It is draining. He had such a cute smile... but we inhabit different worlds.

1 comment:

  1. Linda:
    When Gary and I were married he built 2 gardening beds for me, which I loved. I suggest adding a seat all along the edges, to use to sit on or place your tools/collection baskets on. My back will not allow me to garden at ground-level anymore; just too old, I guess. I love the whole idea of gardening in raised beds and containers and can't wait to buy a house so I can get back into it. I may have to keep an eye out for an old clawfoot bathtub.

    I'm now officially done with the online dating scene, too. I closed down eHarmony 10-days prior to its expiration. I'm just too busy and happy to be so. There just seems to be no middle ground. The last weekend I was online I had two first dates; one with a local fellow (who prematurely worshipped me as a Goddess) and one with a guy from San Luis Obisbo (who didn't show up as agreed upon). Luckily for me since the guy from SLO didn't call to confirm I didn't show up either, I colored my hair instead. My radar was up on this one, though. I could tell he was just trolling for sex and didn't see me as an easy/willing female. Nobody seems interesting enough, either. I'm not lonely and believe I am right where I am meant to be for the time being. So, no complaints on my part.

    Take care and thanks for the gardening posts.



Hi, sorry to make the humans do an extra step.