Monday I had the day off, so I spent my time wisely – in the yard! I made plans for the side of my house. The square foot garden did not work out for me. I could not keep up with the watering, it dried out so fast, and I really don’t think there was enough room for the plants to really take off. So after consulting with Sloane and doing some research, I decided to dig some beds. I made plans, marked off the beds with spray paint and got to work.
The first thing I did was to spread the bags of composted horse poop over where I wanted the beds. Then I broke down my compost pile. I was very happy to see that at least this is going right!
A little history of the compost pile. In October 2007, it looked like this:
June 2008 it looked like this:
And now… voila!
Black gold, baby! It looks pretty darn good if I may say so. I really didn’t do much to this pile at all. I added shredded leaves and kitchen scraps. That is it. I fluffed it a bit just to bury new scraps, and I turned the whole pile only once during its lifespan. I really did not fuss over it at all. If you are patient, it will do its thing.
I brought the compost and spread it all over the beds too. Now they look like this:
A nice hippie boy came with his tiller and was going to till everything in for me, but then alas, the tiller wouldn’t start! He is going to try again on Thursday.
I can’t wait to plant some peas and greens soon. I also will be putting some bulbs in these beds for a little color. A nice neighbor of mine who’s also a gardener had to move and let me take some bulbs from her yard. Here is what I dug up:
Lots of daffodils, irises, some hyacinth and crocus, some elephant ears. I also took some rosemary cuttings. Can’t wait to get these babies in the ground.
I did a lot of cleanup in the yard too, shredded the last of the leaves. Cleaned up my containers. The chives are coming back. These things are indestructible and boy do I abuse them.
The succulents are coming back up too. I just left these guys outside all winter and they did fine! I have a few things planned for this Saturday. Painting wooden pallets to corral the new compost pile. And converting these barrels to rain barrels. Can’t wait!
How are your garden plans shaping up for this spring?