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I'm not a huge fan of fruit leathers, but this turned out super good! And, really, you can't go wrong with blackberries, mint and rum.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Lumpy, bumpy best

Well, in spite of the wind, I managed to get quite a bit done today in the garden. We're having some weird tropical storm weather and, even though it's 9:00pm (or is that 8:00?), it's still 60 degrees outside.

I was starting to panic last night thinking of the tremendous amount of things I have to get done to prepare everything for all the stuff I've planned this year. Maybe I'm going overboard, but I missed out on my garden last year and I guess I'm making up for it this time around.

Since Friday I've:

1. Bought lumber for three 4' x 4' raised beds
2. Bought paving stones for walkways between beds (I really don't feel like arguing with the weeds)
3. Dug up the rest of the sod in the lawn for the beds
4. Purchased the compost, peat moss and topsoil
5. Laid down topsoil for under the beds and paving stones
6. Installed the paving stones

I put down topsoil for underneath the beds since when I dug up the sod and flipped it, there remained a very lumpy, bumpy surface. The kids had great fun watching me do all this.

So, next I need to drill together the beds and fill them with my mixture of peat moss, compost and vermiculite (still need to get some of this).

Mel's Square Foot KitI'm also planning on putting together a raised bed for the kids so they have their own space to garden and won't dig up everything in the other raised beds (they are only 4 and 3-years-old). So I need to prepare the space for that, but it can wait until everything else is done. I have a short raised bed kit that I'll use for this.

Next weekend I'll plant my container potatoes, but in the meantime I'll attempt to assemble the raised beds.

I'll get some decent pictures up soon.

4 comments:

Eva said...

Can't wait to see what your garden looks like! Sounds like you got a lot done. I need to get started...the rain this weekend kept me out of the yard. I have a 4yr old and 5 month old.

Crunchy Chicken said...

Yeah, the rain was driving at a 45 degree angle most of the weekend up here. I just lucked out -- for the few minutes I actually had time to work on things, it wasn't raining.

And you have a 5 month old? If you have any spare time, it's probably spent sleeping :)

april said...

Ooooh yeah! I'm so glad to read that you will be doing the four square gardening too. Doesn't it just make so much sense? I'm hoping to convert a few of my neighbors if I'm successful.

Crunchy Chicken said...

Our last house had just a patch of an area to grow veggies and the soil was a mess so I was totally sold on square foot gardening. I still am and can't wait to build the beds.

I'm hoping to do it this weekend if I can find the time. I've got the area all prepared!

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