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Gardening has been really weird so far this year. Two days ago, we had to run the heat in the house because it was so cold. Today, we worked out in the garden until the temps climbed to an uncomfortable level. I had heat exhaustion several years ago, and it has, unfortunately, left me very sensitive to the heat and humidity. Which I hate. Consequently, I wear big floppy hats, take frequent rests and totally get out of the heat when it hits about 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Because of the weird weather, we don’t have everything planted that we would normally have planted by now. One of those things was our cole crops. Mom put in the cabbage a few days ago and we put in the broccoli on Sunday morning. We have done no-till gardening for several years, which helps to hold the moisture in the soil and helps keep the weeds down. Speaking of weeds, the weird weather hasn’t hindered their growth. This is the before shot.
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I use a cordless drill with a large auger bit to drill holes to plant the broccoli…
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…put the plant into the hole with some compost, firm it in, water it in and put a can around it. The can protect the tender young plant from our mortal enemy, the cut worm. The little devils only eat enough of the plant to cut it off at the ground and kill it. And they will do it to every. single. plant. Seriously.
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Then we use a combination of old paper feed sacks that we have accumulated, as well as cardboard, and hold it down with wood mulch.
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This will biodegrade after a few years, after which we will repeat this process. Mulching conserves moisture in the soil, keeps the temperature of the soil more consistent and helps us control the weeds. If you don’t believe me, this is after.
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Now get out there and make life DIY!

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