I don’t know if our remaining parsley has been to hell and back (we grew it from seedlings) but it has been through a lot:  a long, dry summer; an early freeze; Hurricane Sandy (which came, bizarrely, after the freeze); and Winter Storm Athena.  It is the only plant left in the vegetable garden and it is shows no sign of stopping.  But I think it might be getting lonesome down there.

The problem is that the parsley needs to get out more.  It has spent too much time at home and might benefit from a short trip.  So I replanted the parsley into terra cotta pots (we have several spares on hand) and moved them upstairs to the adjunct herb garden.  There, its fellow herbs will keep the parsley company and with luck—and fair weather—it will survive at least until Thanksgiving.

Back in the main garden, I removed the trellis (in one piece; it will be easy to reinstall in the spring), raked out the leaves (many of which were deposited by Hurricane Sandy), pulled out the weeds (that had taken advantage of the otherwise empty beds) and scooped out the old, decomposing mulch.

With the top surface now clean, I dumped four bags of compost into each planter and raked it out until level.  On top of this, I sprinkled blood meal at a dosage of one pound per 1000 sq. ft., as recommended in the soil testing report (see October 4, 2012).  I think that I probably should have done this sooner (while there were still plants growing) but better late than never, I guess.

At this point, I decided that the soil level is still a bit low—I wonder whether the planters will ever be full—and I will need to get more compost before putting the garden to bed for the winter.  It was just as well.  Due to the return of Standard Time (and my late start), it was getting dark.