I met Deb over the phone recently when someone told me I could get some free horse manure from her. I want to amend my soil before the snow flies so it's ready for planting in the spring. My sister-in-law, Carol, has an amazing garden in New Jersey and she swears by horse manure. I'm also going to mix in some compost that I have lying in piles at the back of my yard. I started these piles 2 and 3 summers ago, knowing that eventually I would get some compost out of them! Now, I have lots.
I spent a little time in the garden yesterday, gathering seeds. I cut off a huge sunflower head, and I ripped out all of my bean plants. Rabbits had wiped out all of my beans the year before. I planted the 5 or 6 seeds that I had left in a container, which yielded enough seeds for this year's bed. And with my new fence up, I was able to grow 55-60 plants. These are black beans, by the way. It is my first experiment with beans.