|This narrow bed in the backyard will leave the kids' playspace intact but allow for peas, beans, or other taller crops.|
I am overwhelmingly, ridiculously, in fact, pleased to announce that I have installed raised beds. Not single-handedly--let credit be given where credit is due!
Groupon (online local business specials) had a $50 gift card on sale to Primex (garden supply store) for $25. I told Owen we should buy it and he naively said, "Well, we wouldn't be able to spend $50." I assured him that we most certainly could, since I wanted to buy edgers and install raised beds (what can I say, everyone else is doing it!). So Groupon in hand, Owen's parents (who were visiting, and who wonderfully drove their pick-up in order to support their crazy Yankee daughter-in-law's gardening mania) assisting with the three kids in tow, Owen and I set about collecting for our garden needs.
I must confess to a rush that addictive shoppers must experience when I walked in there. I felt, "Ooo, I must have all of this. And then I will be a Gardener with Accessories and Bountiful Harvest!!" I did not buy it all, but I did manage to spend three times the amount of the Groupon. Gloves that fit like a second skin, hoses that do not leech phthalates into the water, edgers, onion sets, complimentary pansies, seedling trays! Ah, bliss!
|Our free pansies, next to our new raised bed in front of our porch.|
|My transplants aren't looking so good, but I added seeds also--and some of them should make it, especially with rain all next week.|
Owen's dad helped me wrestle the edging into the ground (after watching me fight with the roll of it in a comical, cartoon-like fashion as it coiled up after me around the yard), and then I stayed outside until night fell. The next morning, dressed in my snowpants against the 30 degree weather, I finished spreading all of the compost in time for Owen and I to go get our second load. My seedlings are worse for the wear, but will no doubt be happier in their new raised quarters.
With the raised beds ready, planting was a snap this week.
I planted all of my early spring crops (shell peas were February):
- swiss chard
- pieracicaba non-heading broccoli (rabe)
- snow peas
- pac choi
- mesclun mix
- onion sets
- three varieties of head lettuce
|Strawberries have multiplied beyond my wildest dreams in my side garden.|