I finished the raised beds today, and they nearly finished me. I put in 10 hours of shoveling, pick-axing, and transporting 600+ pounds of soil amendments. And that’s a lot for this out-of-shape, middle-aged body.
Despite all the work, they really aren’t much to look out. Just a few boxes filled with dirt. But I have high hopes for a great yield this summer. And if plants aren’t happy there, then I’m going to start a worm farm. I must have massacred at couple of hundred at least.
I decided not to put the last box in (top left-hand corner) for several reasons. 1) there are furrows from 3 different directions suggesting all the water in the yard drains into that spot, 2) it’s under a walnut tree, and everything I’ve read says that walnut trees are toxic to many vegetables, 3) I need an open spot for my cold frame and 4) I’m just done.
The current plan is to start planting next weekend. I still need to put up a fence and was able to scrounge up a few steel poles from around my property. I have no idea how I’m going to get them in the ground, but I’ll figure out something.
My seedlings are still hanging in there. I thinned the lettuce and am still waiting for the lavender. The peas, however, have behaved beautifully, as have the nasturtium. What a pleasure to see such compliance in the garden!
Finally , just a few new additions in the front yard: crocuses and quince. I’m anxious to see the other bulbs bloom. I know – it’s only mid-March. They’ll all come in due time.