I had a truck load of top soil and another load of wood chips dropped off a couple weeks ago and I have been slowly putting it all into the garden. We had a soil test done and found that our soil had some degree of lead so this input should help bring that down. We use the manure from the rabbits and the used straw and manure from the chicken coop to also spread through the garden. It is nice to have the animals as part of our micro urban farm for the way they bring supplements to the soil. It is also nice to have a good place to go with kitchen scrapes.
This morning I was shoveling the soil into the raised beds while the chickens where quietly talking to each and rutting through the old straw of their run. Overcast and cool, everything moist from two days of spring time drizzle, the moss on the barn next door glowing green. I love this place of backyard food growing for the connection it gives me into the natural world and the diligent pecking of the red headed woodpecker.