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Yet another harvest is almost over for edibles in the garden,
the freezer is packed full for the winter consumption.
2019's Experiment with Tarp Gardening has thus far shown to be the best alternative for easier planting,
control of weeds and vegetation in general,
and breeze-easy harvesting.
It is uncertain of the effects of depriving the soil in this somewhat-selfish lazy-man's manner of Gadening.
The tentative plan is to move the garden in 2020 to allow inspection and observe any problematic side-effects using tarp gardening such as reduction of worms, deprivation of decaying matter, etc.
At present I can tell you this: Frogs and Toads love this method!!!
In Springfield, Tomatoes apparently can be added to the list of stuff that doesn't require planting to grow here.
Each year tomatoes pop up in areas that we hadn't even planted!
Fact is, I don't know why the tomatoes keep regenerating themselves.
Up sprouted dozens and dozens of tomato plants.
Tomato Plants were found in places like the front lawn,
on the side of the house,
on the side of the garage,
behind a solar panel array,
and of course in reference to the compost, tomatoes were found in the Garden also.
So, apparently Ohio is the Tomato State(and I can stop buying Tomato Plants.) Wooo wooo.
In case I forgot to mention it, Springfield Ohio does have some good soil in my opinion.
Each year there are ALWAYS give-aways!
The great ability to be able to give away stuff that nobody can say "no" to,
equates to the good feeling of knowing you gave something valuable without having done much work to do that good deed.
This feeling of having contributed something good is probably how it is with anyone with a Garden (or non-capitalist/non-poisoned Farm).
When a pleasant or needy visitor happens along, it's totally convenient to offer the visitor some Berries or Melons (or whatever is growing at that time).
We can't forget those Chickens that give up the other common give-away!
Okay, enough about Chickens already
Later this 2019 year, a soil test will be performed to find out how the soil reacted to the plastic tarps in the new gardening method.
It is not known what the overall effects will be using the aforementioned method, so only part of the garden will be done in this fashion and the remainder of the garden will be permitted unchecked growth of other plants along side the vegetables that are not incorporated into the plastic sheeting.
Amazing Item is harvested!
Just one year of Fennel harvested in 2018 yeilded so much of the spice that it is expected to last for a couple of years before another planting is necessary.
The individual Fennel branches are harvested as they turn a brownish-tan.
Remove Fennel Seeds from the stalks
Due to the odd 2019 climate changes (tons of water dropped for weeks initially, then a pseudo-drought came), so the big harvest was in mellons and cucumbers.
Below is seen the mellon preserves process
The seeds are cleaned and saved for the following year's planting; whereas the skins are composted into nutrient-rich soil