A big project in the works

17 10 2010

A couple of years ago, Moonpie and I built some veggie boxes and started (attempting) to grow some of our own food.  Thus far, we have had limited success.  The ups? arugula, cherry tomatoes, purple peas, and parsley.  The downs? teeny carrots and beets, serious fails on lettuce, spinach, basil, and cabbage, and a complete inability to grow even one zucchini (how is this even possible?).

The boxes are in the side portion of yard:

And here we are half way through the overhaul (before on the left, after on the right):

We broke down the boxes, broke up the existing packed dirt, spread out the dirt from the boxes, trimmed up the existing plants, laid out the new plants, bulbs, and bits of sweet potato and got those in the ground, and mulched the new non-edibles area (which does include some edibles…). Next steps are planting the edibles, building the fence, and, in December, planting the tulips.  Plus there’s work to be done on the lawn.

It sure is fun to play in the dirt!




5 responses

17 10 2010
The Dr

Fantastic! Wishing we could be there to help you shovel manure.

18 10 2010

And of course it rained the rest of the weekend…

18 10 2010
Gardening Weekend: Before/After Edition « REVOLUTIONARY GRAMMAR

[…] Erl and I put in a container garden at her place last year, experimenting with square-foot gardening, a technique I learned as a kid. We had some success, but Erl decided it was time to take the plunge and expand her growing space to the entire side section of the yard. So, this weekend, we rolled up our sleeves and dug in. Literally! Before/after pics and more description at Erl’s blog. […]

18 10 2010
Laura Pierce

gosh… looks like the rose geranium got yanked!

19 07 2011

It’s all in the compost and compost tea! You will definitely experience a high yield. I’ve only done vermicomposting straight in the ground to amend the clay soil. I don’t have enough scrap veggie and fruit matter to make compost tea.

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