Monday, December 9, 2013

A garden is born.......................

I have been without a real garden for a while. We moved to the new property in August, the weekend before the fall semester started. Then I had back surgery, which really slowed the garden progress down. Thanks to a helpful husband and a really mild December, the first four raised beds are built and partially planted.

The project began with free wood I drug home.

The raised beds are 4 feet wide by 12 feet long. 

The wood is thin and untreated, so we painted them to help them last as long as possible.

Laid down a layer of feedbags as weed barrier.

Since we are starting from scratch, I had to buy garden soil... GASP!  It is 18% mushroom compost, 18% Chicken litter, then pine bark, 20 year old decomposed logs and some other great stuff. At $60 a long bed load (about 3 cubic feet) it was well worth it. The truck was whimpering all the way home under the weight.

And we fill the beds :)

I am behind on starting stuff from seeds, so the first veggies in are transplants.

Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts, Kale, Onions, Flat Parsley, Curley Parsley, Cutting Celery, Romaine......

It feels good to be digging in the dirt again.

These beds will be fitted with hoops for covering when the temps drop.

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