So this spring Brad has been amazing in really helping me get things set up for our garden. He helped me build a raised vegetable bed in the backyard. It's broken into two sections...one for the veggies and one for the herbs that I no longer have room for in the other herb section of my yard. I'd like to build one more vegetable bed for root veggies, but I'm not sure we'll have time to do that before it's too late to get everything planted.
We went to our friends (Katrina and Randle) a couple weekends ago and planted all the seeds. The only thing I still need to buy plants for are the bell peppers and onions (if I end up doing those).
So this is what the area of our backyard looked like before we build the bed. Yuck. I had a couple butterfly bushes (which I have since transplanted) but mostly weeds growing here.
Here is the bed that Brad helped me build. We used Pioneer Woman's design....the herb part (on the very left hand side) I built with scrap wood, but hopefully it will hold up for a couple of years too.
Brad had a huge dump truck come dump 3 yards of dirt on our driveway. It took about 1/3 of it to fill up the beds! We either need to build those extra beds or find a place for another 2 yards of dirt in our yard. I'm sure we can do it....the only challenge will be to move it before the HOA sends us a nasty letter about dirt being on our driveway. In digging up some other areas in the yard I came across some earth worms. Each time we find a worm David dumps it in the garden area....so they can aerate the dirt. I've thought about buying some to dump in there, but so far I've found (and transplanted) about 15 worms from around the yard.
Worms in their new home. They were pretty ticked and flopping all over the place when I first moved them.
On a side note: I'm hoping to have a compost pile this year. I've tried once before unsuccessfully. I'm not sure what I'm doing, but this is what I have so far. Yuck. It's behind our fence, and to my knowledge has not attracted anything other than bugs. We'll see if I can make it work this year. Anyone have any ideas to share?
And, finally, these are the seedlings (only about 1/4 of what I have growing) that will need to be transplanted in the next few weeks. Wish us luck!