Saturday, April 25, 2009

From the Garden...

I must thank the squirrel who planted this Poet's Daffodil in my yard. I think I'll purchase and plant more of them next fall. Walking by this bloom each day has made me smile.

From the trenches... yep, the trench digging continues -- and continues -- and continues. I'm keeping my thoughts on the outcome - no more side yard flooding and having a beautiful native rain garden to enjoy.

My MOPS table leader gave me this beautiful Nemesia 'Berries & Cream'. I planted it in a large container along with some Lamb's Ear. The plant is doing OK despite the fact that we've had some pretty cold frosts and hail.

I can't wait to taste the berries from this Heritage Everbearing Raspberry plant.

Hoop Houses

Thank goodness I installed hoop houses on the two finished raised beds last week. We continue to have frost each night... yesterday morning my husband even had to scrape ice off his vehicle. The days have been beautiful, and with the protection measures in place, the plants are doing well.

We are getting further along on the garden beds and the trenches. I haven't had a chance to blog about it. But I will soon.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Building the Raised Beds

The building and installation of the raised beds has proven to be a time-consuming process. For this reason, we are stopping at 4 wooden raised beds for the year. My husband is building them out of untreated 2"x4" wood. They are 8" tall after they are complete. They have long stakes attached to the corners to hold them securely in place.

In order to install them, I dig a deep hole on each corner, level them and fill the corners with soil that has been screened. Since we live on a bed of rocks, whenever we do any work in the yard, we screen rocks as much as possible.

After each bed is installed and leveled, I double-dig it to 12" deep. At first I thought I would double-dig as deep as 24" using the biointensive process, but, not on my land. The deeper I go, the bigger the rocks get and it's just too difficult to dig by hand. As it stands, I would guesstimate that we have dumped at least 5 wheelbarrows full of pure, screened rock over the cliff during the last few weeks.

The process is moving along at a slow, but steady pace. I wish the beds were complete, because I really need to get back to addressing the flooding issue that surrounds our side yard. I have to get the beds finished so I can move that dirt back out of my way before I can begin on the trench that will drain to the rain garden.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Seedlings Planted

The first wave of seedlings went into their raised beds last night. We'll see how they do. Temps could still drop too low for them, but I had to make a choice - either lose them because they're too big for their pots, or lose them because they froze.

Now we can start new seeds, just in case.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


It makes it a little difficult to harden off plants when it is snowing outside. I can't wait for my row cover fabric to get here!
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