Premature garden bragging
OK, OK, tempting fate. But like a good Mainer I'm planting on Memorial Day weekend. This photo is full of win:
At the top, sheet mulched tomatoes. Winnitude because this year I laid down the sheet mulch -- seafood compost, newspaper, straw, right on top of last year's sheet mulch -- and then punched holes in it to plant the tomatoes. Last year, I planted the tomatoes first, then mulched around them, because I hadn't figured out that I can just order straw from Blue Seal, instead of finding a farmer, arranging for a car... That was much more inefficient, and I also lost the benefits of the mulch for the couple of weeks it took me to get my mental processes in gear.
Along the center, the famous woodchuck fence. If not full of win, it is at least not yet full of loss, since the woodchucks have not gotten over or under it. (Which reminds me; I need to go out this evening and piss along the fence. Not the entire fence, of course; this is a staged, multi-phase process.)
And at the bottom, the truly massive win: Thick white clover I planted last year that came up strong this spring. Notice anything that's not there? Weeds. The clover is so thick that weeds can't even get started. And weeding is work! Also, surrounded on all sides by thick clover is new growth: I seeded red clover into the bald spots, and it takes about three days to sprout. Final wins are returning nitrogen to the soil, and attracting pollinators when the clover flowers. Amazing stuff!
And speaking of pollinators, the honeysuckle looks like it's going to flower this year, unlike last year:
So, more win. In fact, something about the straw seemed to attract pollinators today: Several bumblebees, some yellow jackets, and even a Tiger Swallowtail!