So here we are, wading into fall and it is time to get mulching. After a busy day on the lottie, we are halfway finished with the winterising of the veggie quadrants. Here’s how that second quadrant went: The quadrant with remaining veg and green manure. Of course I could have left the Swiss chard for winter harvesting but I have so much frozen-in, I can miss it. So we took it all out, hoed the weeds and raked-in two bags of our compost. After that, we took out some mulch from last year (yeah, we really save mulch) and spread it down as the first layer. It was a great basis, but another layer would be forthcoming. That will do this bed this winter. Now to show you where it came from. Th knob is the stand where the ornamental grass was growing. All the grass on the bed came from this one root mound. We dug a moat around it to keep it from spreading. It is located at the end of the path between the flower and veg gardens. Now then here is a shot showing the two quadrants now mulched. Do you notice anything different on this foto? Well, in our little area of the complex we are surrounded by interesting and varied personalities. A number of weeks ago I showed some foto’s of the woman’s handy work—the painted glass on her greenhouse and her gourd pergola. Remember? She was growing the gourds in order to make lamps out of them. Well, the gourds have been harvested and are now hanging from the rafters of her garden shed. She is also turning into a beaner. A beaner of noticeable proportions. Yes, her beginning is modest, but she has serious plans for expansion. What she is doing is to build-up a collection of various been sorts. She will not eat any of the beans for the first years—just grow them, dry them and plant them the following year. I am impressed and hopeful for her, except that the beans are all grown outside and open to cross-pollination. Her idea is good, but her technique is not scientific. My fingers are crossed for her, but I am a wee bit skeptical. We shall see.