Monday, April 14, 2008

The garden, step 1

Lots of progress towards our 5 minute a day garden yesterday, unless of course we screwed it up and will end up making more work for ourselves. Incidentally, this post could also be titled "Rachel and Chad don't know how to compost." Let's not go into any gory details but leave it to say there were some rather smelly spots in the pile.

Avoiding the worst spots, I do think we got some good compost out of it. And we proceeded to mix it with the soil and make us some beds, following the instructions in our 5 minute garden book as best we could. Planted today: Beans, Zucchini, Cucumber, Radishes, Spinach, Lettuce, Basil, Dill, Parsley, Chives. We also want to do tomatoes, but have to wait until the seedings are ready (probably by the end of the month).

Today was a mission in yard recycling. I want to get the beans to climb up the back wall and up the fence, so I rigged up a crazy makeshift ladder using branches that fell from the tree over the winter.

We also did some general yardwork, digging up GIANT cement things, planted long ago. We think they were probably from a clothesline or something.

The one Chad is rolling in the picture above took both of us forever to get out, and almost broke our shovel. Basically, it was super heavy and dug very very far into the ground. In this big hole.

In digging up the garden we had a ton of extra sod, which we used to fill these giant holes, but there was extra. Which I insisted we recycle by putting out over the grass-less spots on the right side of the tree.

For the record, Chad thought this was a ridiculous idea. I think it is genius. I guess time will tell whether the grass takes or not. But I figure it can't be worse than the dirt that was there before. And how is the tree, you may be wondering?

Still stunning. The petals are starting to fall, but it's hard to be sad about that because even the falling petals are gorgeous. It's a bit weird to rake up piles and piles of flower petals, but really not too bad. And they can only improve the smell of the compost.

1 comment:

  1. I'm interested to know whether grass will just take like that. Make sure to water your sod!