It’s been three weeks since I started the seed cups in the basement in preparation for planting in May. Let’s see how those babies are doing, shall we?
Good gracious me! There seem to be things growing in my seed cups! What a strange and delightful turn of events! Looks like the only stubborn late-bloomers (I’m hilarious) are the squash and cucumbers. Hurry up, guys! Time’s a’wasting! The radishes and peas are getting rather out of hand at this point and it’s almost time to prune. It’s all very exciting.
So now that we have our seeds started, we have to construct a permanent home for them in the yard. After careful deliberation (read: Ben and I stood around bickering in the yard for twenty minutes), we decided to place the garden on the South side of the backyard between the fence and the cement path leading to the back gate. This area gets plenty of sunlight throughout the day, since it’s out of range of both the house and garage’s shadows.
Ben got started on the first of three (maaaaaybe four?) raised garden beds. It’s a simple 8’x4′ frame of cedar (which tends to be weather- and rot-resistant) connected at the corners with four wooden fence posts we salvaged from the old plywood fence we tore down between our house and the neighbors’.
We dug four post holes to anchor the whole frame into the ground. Fortunately for us, our yard not only gets plenty of sunlight, but the soil is super soft. Perfect for planting.
We were a little less concerned with silly things like “measuring” and “proper sequence of events” than we should have been. Some people would prefer to construct the whole thing before sticking the corner posts into the ground, but not us! As a result, the first garden bed is not exactly what I would call “even” or even “straight.” But who cares? YOLO, amirite?
In the end I think we can all blame the dog for any aesthetic anomalies. He really fell down on his supervising role with this project.
We left about a foot of the corner posts sticking up above ground. This will give us something to anchor sun shades on if necessary, or even a cold frame eventually. The previous owner of our house had filled the back corner of the yard with compost, which we then moved into the garden bed. In digging this out, I made several exciting discoveries:
- Half-rotted coconut shells are disgusting.
- The compost was piled up against our neighbors’ house, causing their wooden siding to rot.
- There was a surprising amount of non-compostable material in this compost heap, including: legos, a baseball, bits of wire and trash, and several bricks.
Because we don’t yet own a wheelbarrow (note to self: buy a goddamn wheelbarrow, you’re not as young as you used to be) we filled the garden bed via bucket brigade. We’ll need to buy more compost for the other two (three???) garden beds.
And voila! The finished product, sans plants: