This little tomato seedling was rescued from our compost pad. Growing in a crack in the concrete, with no water and just enough compost to start life :) A Mystery Variety, with it's roots now nestled into our garden bed. This little tomato plant is going to grow into a shrub! And bear many pounds of nutritious organic goodness :)
We don't need or use a tiller in our garden. The soil is soft, loose and full of life. Earthworms! Natures aerators, eat their way though the rich soil, depositing their magic and creating a healthy "Rhizosphere".
We loosen the soil where our next plant will call home. The top 5 or 6 inches is like the womb of Mother Earth. Fertile, Soft, Moist and ready to GROW! We add about a half cup of Espoma Garden Tone or Plant Tone (both work well).
We turn to soil with our hands, mixing the fertilizer in well.
We're looking for these! If you have an Organic Garden... They're yummy fried in olive oil, with some garlic and fresh oregano. High in protein, a delicacy in many parts of the world. If it's just a little too much for ya, smoosh'em between your fingers and feed'em to your plant. They like fresh roots, so you don't want to leve them in the soil. Smooshing them in the planting hole may also keep others from coming that way. Food For Thought?
In a deliberate effort to germinate last years seeds, after our initial weeding of the tomato beds, we watered the soil. We then moved those many sprouts to a consolidated area of the garden. That way we could give them more TLC and limit our water use.