Last Thursday evening I braved the cold stormy evening in the gardens of Bryce Meldrum and Rick Hjelm with a handful of women from the Lake City Ward Relief Society. We had a great time, learned a lot and--can you believe--it didn't more than sprinkle while we were out! Amazing!!
The Meldrum's Garden
Bryce Meldrum's garden was first. He showed us his rows of lush raspberry bushes and strawberries that have been composted with plenty of Tagro.
He stressed the importance of digging your soil deep and using lots of amendments (such as Tagro and composted leaf mulch) to keep the soil fertile year after year.
Bryce also stressed the importance of purchasing varieties of plants and seeds that are suitable for our Northwest environment. He warned that many of the big box stores such as Lowe's and Home Depot sell plants that do ok BUT if you want plants that do great get Ed Hume seeds or Territorial Seed company seeds.
These peas were planted in December under plastic milk and juice jugs (with the bottom cut out). The jugs act like a tiny greenhouse and help the peas get a good early start. This is where I got my idea for early starting tomatoes last year.
Rick Hjelm welcomed us into his backyard to show us his garden. he has been working the same garden for 20 years. They make use of everything they grow and enjoy using what they produce in their kitchen and giving it to their grown children.
Like Bryce, Rick stressed the importance of adding good amendments to your soil. He adds sawdust and manure and tills it in really good every year. He too has devised systems to keep his tomato plants warm during the early spring with mini greenhouses made out of wood frames and clear garbage sacks.
I thoroughly enjoyed these garden tours. I came home inspired and spent as much of my Saturday as I could spare out in my garden. Isn't it fun to see how other people do things?!