We have manure.
I helped a friend clean stalls and an arena. We were paid with a truck load plus a utility trailer heaping full of very nice composted manure (or gold as some, myself included, would call it!).
As of today our temps are dropping, so it will be a while before I can wheel barrel it back to my crop beds. I recently put a different load of manure back there and it wasn’t as nice as this stuff. I plan on moving that to my flower beds and using the nice stuff on my crop beds (or a portion of it- there is so much). The other stuff was okay, but it had tiny rocks it in from the arena and the new stuff has none. The rocks are small enough that they just add air pockets, but I think my flower beds would be a better place for them.
My experiment in the greenhouse is so far coming along fine- the radishes have been up for a while and I think I saw a few lettuce and spinach popping up. Now that the temps have dropped, which I expected, I need to figure out a easy way to add the double protective layer- a chenille is not going to work because this bed is under one of the greenhouse benches. What ever I decide to do I’d better do it fast because of the low temps!
I also have some pansy up- although I will say I think I forgot where I was and started them too early. I remember having problems with bluish leaves one year in Jan. because of the cold- and that was in Portland! So, I plan to start some more mid-Feb.
And the last update- I decided to try winter sowing this year. On the 25th I started some Hellebore and some clematis seeds I gathered from my mom’s garden last year. We’ll see what happens. The Hellebore seeds are older and the clematis seeds were not stored right so I’m not sure they’ll germinate. I probably should have used fresh seeds for my first attempt- and I do plan on sowing some fresher seeds in Feb.
Hope all is well with you and as usual-