Sunday, March 23, 2014

A Garden In Progress - Building More Raised Beds

It's finally starting to feel like Spring.  While we're expected to get another snow storm this week, the beautiful weather this weekend offered us an opportunity to do some work around the yard, which included building two new raised beds and filling them with fresh soil mix from a local landscaping company.  Since I've been sick for most of this past week, it felt good to be outside in the fresh air flexing some muscles.  I'm hoping that by next weekend, we'll be able to plant peas and Fava beans.

I love the view of our house from this angle.  Where I stood to take this picture is a rather under-utilized area of our yard - perfect for a small vegetable garden and maybe a berry patch.  It's amazing how sunny our lot is this time of year.  Unfortunately, the tall oak trees that surround our property will render most of our growing areas 'part-shade' by the time they leaf out.  Lucky for me, I've grown accustomed to gardening in such conditions.  While it does take more time and patience, in the end, the veggies still manage to grow and the soft fruits still ripen.  Such is the reality of growing in most parts of suburbia. 

Anyway, Happy Spring everyone!

4 comments:

  1. Happy Spring! I'm surprised they can deliver dirt right now. I wonder how they defrosted it. Maybe the big piles don't really freeze all the way down. I keep thinking I need to order some compost. I make most of my own, but the reality is that I don't make enough green waste to make enough.

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    1. I wondered the same thing but I think you're right. It makes sense that huge piles of soil mix with plenty of organic material will stay warmer during this time of year. I'm lucky in that behind our property are huge piles of grass clipping and leaves that have been left to decompose for years by our neighbors. I have my own compost bin but these piles present us with such bounty!

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  2. Hey Thomas! Looks great! Those look deep, how deep are they? I went with 12", kind of wish they were a bit deeper but oh well, I'll see how it works this season. Yours look awesome, are you going to fence around it?

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    1. Hi 1st Man, my beds are 20 inches deep since the soil in this part of our property is so rocky. I will not be erecting a fence around my beds. This time around, I'm trying to be more mindful of aesthetics and a wire or wooden fence just wouldn't look 'pretty' in this location. The way I see it, the best garden fence in the world will not keep out the worst pests - mice, voles, squirrels, groundhogs and raccoons. If need be, I'll use netting to deter my garden pests.

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