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Garden Gleanings - bed preparationPosted Tuesday, February 12, 2008, at 12:35 PM
The weekend was full of jobs but I was able to get some more garden beds prepared with compost and peat moss. One side of the first garden is almost complete, so here are some pictures from top and bottom. The top bed has already been planted with several types of carrots, beets and lettuce, plus new radishes, swiss chard, spinach and sugar snap peas.
The warm weather comes on so fast that I have to get these in as early as possible. It takes a little nursing during the spring cold-snaps but they usually pull through just fine. I also plant small quantities that will provide us with about a meal each harvesting. We have had a problem in the past with too much coming ready at one time.
As you see, it is on a slope so I have to terrace them in order to keep the soil surface relatively flat. Last year I did not have to worry about run-off washing away soil, but this also helps more rain soak in, which is GOOD!
I used two cinder blocks with holes up between the beds so I can plant some plowers in them. Then the block center is solid, so I can step on it to cross over. Just like greener grass, you always want to get to the other side of the bed.
The other side of the garden has not been set up yet. I believe I will have a 18-24" center walkway and similar width beds on the other side. On this side I have more of an angle sideways as well as down so I need to adjust both ways. I may not use any sides to the upper beds to allow more water to run in off the lawn.
This will be a constant fight with the grass. I have been thinning my daffodils and planting them along this side so I may make a flower bed the whole length of the garden on that side.
Speaking of daffodils, they are coming up all over the place. I am sure many of us are seeing that and it only adds to the excitement of spring!
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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.
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