Horse manure mixed with straw
Tom and I spent a couple hours shoveling the manure and ashes from one big pile and distributing it among the raised beds in the garden. It isn't glamorous, but it was good to be outside on a beautiful day.
Tom's dog Sawyer was very eager to help.
Our fertilizer did not quite stretch far enough to cover the whole garden, but it was enough for the beds which will be planted first in early spring. I will have to see about finding some more manure for the back beds, which will hopefully be planted with squash, gourds, and watermelon from transplants in May. It is very good to look down from second floor porch and see a difference in the garden. In the coming days I will have to begin tilling the soil in these beds. It is a daunting prospect to do this by hand, but hopefully I will have a little help from some friends.
Unfortunately this warm weather has brought some much more unwelcome activity to the Pry House as well. Our resident groundhogs have already begun digging furiously. I had a face-to-face encounter with one of these mangy mongrels yesterday. Not only are they a threat to the garden, but they are serious threat to the safety of historic buildings like the Pry House and Barn, where they have a tendency to burrow under foundations.
Where The Enemy sleeps