Digging In to 2021

The new year opened with a fair bit of rain and wind, but also with some windows of opportunity to work outside between stormy stretches. Not good enough weather to be working with panels of polycarbonate, but perfectly suited for doing some groundwork.

I’d previously covered the turf within the hoophouse footprint with cardboard to help break it down, and that has mostly worked. But as it had never been planted in, and is fairly rocky, and is going to take a little work to get it ready for all the things I hope to grow there!

So first I had to dig out and haul off some of the gravely-ness.

Then I harvested a bunch of our compost to add to the mix

the mostly-cooked side of the compost pile
black gold
welcome to the hoophouse worms!

I felt a little bad disturbing the worms from deep within the compost pile, but really need their help getting the hoophouse soil in shape, so once I spread the compost out in its new location, I tucked them in with a layer of cardboard.

Looking at he structure from the south

The soil just to the right of the long slab is feeling pretty good, as I dug in a thick layer of aged chicken poop back in August, but I’ve still got about a third of the area to dig and amend. And I want to do that before we get the plastic on, so it can get thoroughly rained in.

Just ordered our garden seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, so the thought of all that good stuff growing in our garden this year is keeping me motivated.

I also kicked off the year with a bit of feelgood spinning- soft and squishy Esther heavy worsted two-ply

This time of year Esther is always a little grungey-looking, as she seems to pick up more mud and crud in her fleece than the rest of the gang, but she cleans up marvelously well, don’t you think?

I should go and give her some butt scritches (her very favorite thing) and tell her what a pretty girl she is. 🙂


  1. Goatldi

    I am suffering from a wretched case of hoop house envy! I have hopes that either that or a green house of sorts will grace the landscape in 2022.

    Esther my sweet you are marvelous!
    Give her a few scritches for me. And a Happy Hopeful New Year to all!

    • denisemor

      Thanks Goatldi- I hope that a greenhouse or hoophouse is in your future- I’ve been thinking about/planning for our for about 5 years now. Being home fulltime for the last 9 months gave me the opportunity to fast-track the project. Hoping that we can push it across the finish line over the winter. Happy New year to you as well-

    • denisemor

      Thanks Michelle- I haven’t figured out how exactly I’m going to set up the interior space, but I expect I’ll have my potting bench as well as a couple other working surfaces on the concrete, some plants in pots, perhaps a seed starting rack and a couple of chairs so we can sit for a bit and enjoy the fruits of our labors 🙂

  2. Carol Markowitz

    I am feeling sovjoyous reading about your wonderfully positive activities pointing towards spring (Yeah Spring!) and the end of COVID and all things wool and yarn and seeds!!

    • denisemor

      thanks Carol. trying to keep it positive- lots to be thankful for here, despite all the crazy in world at large. 🙂


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