I just returned from broadcasting mini clover, a winter-over nitrogen-fixer, on bare and parts of the garden beds that we covered first with straw.
The first bed was the one in front of my house, a hugelkultur bed we made to surround an old eyesore of a decaying maple tree stump. Here’s a “before” pic.
And here’s the completed bed, covered with both dirt and straw, and now, seed.
We’re beginning to realize that this monster hugelkultur bed will require stone steps part way up it all around . . .
It’s a rainy day, so I thought it a good time to get out there and make sure the seed takes hold and provides winter cover, fixing the soil in place and nourishing it for next year’s growing season. That, plus the fact that tomatoes, chard, squash and brassicas are still producing like crazy, requiring us to continue to run to catch up harvesting and preserving —
— that’s the good news.
P.S. We also mulch old beds with chopped plants that compost in place over the winter. I broadcast mini clover seeds there, too. For example:
Okay, here’s the yucky news:
While (finally) cleaning out the shed late last summer, I discovered a partially full hidden container of MonSatan Round-Up with sprayer. Ye gods! Must have come in with someone trying to help me with yard work pre-permaculture. That would have been back somewhere between 2003 and 2006, when I took the Permaculture Design Course and came away with a new world-view that included a new understanding of “weeds.”
My question: is there a way to neutralize what’s in that container? If not, what’s the least toxic way to dispose of it? Any ideas?
It’s been sitting out in the open like a proverbial hot potato ever since I cleaned the shed. Makes a mockery of what we’re about here at the GANG garden.
I googled “how to neutralize Round-Up in container” and didn’t find anything.
I did see these two articles that confirmed my need to dispose of it safely:
Which brings me to the subject of this post, the soul of soil.
Here are three videos, of increasing length, concerning the relatively new film Symphony of the Soil. So far, I’ve watched the first one.
Interview with the filmmaker: