Wednesday, August 1, 2012

More gardening...

I about killed myself over the last couple of days getting the two completed beds ready for planting. Our dump has compost for $7/yard (pretty cheap), so after figuring out the cubic footage of the 2 beds, I got 2 yards. Then I had to shovel it out of the truck.

It was hot. I soaked myself in the 100 gal. stock tank. This is a great way to lower your core temperature very quickly. So who cares that I was in my bathing suit and supplex shorts - I'm so not proud!

There is a reason that the compost from the dump is cheap - it's pretty sterile, and has bits of shredded plastic bags in it. I'm not sure I want to know what they make it out of. It needs organic matter badly. Yesterday, after recovering from getting compost, I got horse poop from the rather large pile at the barn. It was probably a yard and a half, which I shoveled into a pile, wetting it down as I piled it up. I was hoping to start some serious heating of the pile, as it's not as composted as I thought it would be. Fortunately, it's a good mix of poop (green matter) and bedding and hay (brown matter), so it should work pretty well.

This morning, I dug about 4" of manure into one of the beds and planted my long-suffering tomatoes. I also got the drip system laid out, and installed in the two finished beds. They only need emitters or soakers to be complete.
Before manure:

After, with Tomatoes installed:
 A close up:
Boards are to keep from compacting the soil
This garden seat was my Mom's. I've designed the garden beds so that it and my dump cart will fit easily between the beds. I'm finding the little rolling seat to be very handy and comfy.

Now, I have to figure out which seeds go where, so that I can begin my rotation. I may just put them here and there, but for sure one bed will be beets and carrots and garlic (when it comes). I love pickled beets!!

I have the lumber for one more bed, and only need to buy 4 more boards to make the 4th. Since Dad and Wilma are coming next week, I'm going to have to pause in the garden construction to clean my house...


~~Sittin.n.Spinnin said...

Looks great!

Theresa said...

Nicely done! You'll get years out of those raised beds and just scads of edible goodies too! Keep that water tank handy for cool offs, more hot on the way!

Jody said...

Thank you Laura, for your kind words of encouragement on my blog :-)

Leigh said...

You've been busy! Lots of work but looking really good.