Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Garden Beds

In a previous post, I mentioned that I had decommissioned our old garden beds.  It was a pain to mow around them, and we wanted to expand the garden.

We looked at just digging a larger bed, but the soil around here is all gravel - this area is old glacial moraine.  You go down 1 inch and hit gravel and rock!

We decided to put in raised beds.  The area in front of the barn is very sunny, and the barn would shield the garden from the cold north winds.  It was a natural place for the new beds.

We put in 8 4'x4' beds.  Two beds were double height.

I had to bring in some garden soil.  The beds needed about 2.5 yards of soil.  The minimum order was 4 yards!

Challenge accepted!  We got the soil yesterday.  With the dump wagon and a good short-handled shovel, I was ready to move some soil.

I stopped counting at 1000 shovels of soil.  My back is not too tired.  The beds are in, and the excess soil is back behind the old chicken coop waiting for some inspiration (maybe we'll put a few more beds in...).

So we will be planting:

  • Tomatoes
  • Chili Peppers
  • Pole Beans
  • Spinach
  • Leaf Lettuce
  • Basil
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Turnip
  • Broccoli

We'll still do lot of herbs in pots.

Maybe we should put in some beds for cucumbers and squash?

Do you want some soil?

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