Raised Beds - A Little More Mulching - Some Clearing Out - and CHICKENS?
Hi Everyone!!! Today was a busy day in the garden with lovely breezes, temperatures in the low 70's and some solid progress. The raised beds were put together and laid down in their permanent places. A lot of weed whacking, accompanied by some accidents, darn weed whacker! LOL! More mulching of course... will mulching ever be done?!!! I estimate that in addition to the original 28 bags of wood chips we are still going to need another 20 bags to just finish the front and one side of the house alongside the porch. So, I will stop yapping away and let you take a self guided tour through the progress:
Just for a refresher and comparison, this is how the garden looked in the early part of this May!
Most of the weeds have now been weed whacked and the space is just awaiting layers of newspaper and then a good layer of wood chip mulch. Yes I admit the weed whacker took control a couple of times and alas the wild blackberry bush is no more nor are some to the black-eyed Susan, *sigh*
Now that's better, you can actually see the two hosta that were buried up to their tips in weeds before today's clear out by ye olde little gardener, Me of course silly! :D
Our four new raised beds! Aren't they beautious?! They are 8' x 3' and 8" high. Now to just put a nice layer of straw followed by top soil, followed by garden soil mixed with a good helping of peat moss and all should be happy as little oysters in the sea! LOL! Oh dear me yes, first I have to plant everything before they can indeed be happy as little oysters in the sea! What was I thinking?!!!
Another view of the mulching thus far. I know it doesn't look like much but I got another 2' or so mulched today as you head down the hill toward the porch at the side.
Of course what on earth would I do without my little supervisor, Savannah? Very important gardening wisdom comes from the observations of kitties on window sills!
A little over-view photo
And last but not least is the view from the walkway just outside our front door
I hope you've enjoyed the little tour. Things are really getting exciting now because next the raised beds will get their plantings! I can't wait to get the little 4'x4' herb and salad garden planted too. I am thinking about getting one more 4'x4' bed to go in the general area of the herb bed to put in a medicinal garden as well. Has anyone ever planted their own indigo plants? I ordered some seed and am very excited about the prospect of having my own indigo source for my wool. I guess for the future I will add another bed for dye plants. Has anyone ever worked with plants from their own garden to dye their fiber?
I have been thinking about my chickens again and I have found a great little chicken coop that is affordable so I think I am going to go ahead and invest in it this year even if I don't have the time to actually get the chickens until next spring. What do you all think of this one?
Oh and no I will most certainly NOT be having any roosters! Of course for this coop I will have to add on an additional length of run because the space shown just isn't enough, in my humble illiterate in chicken knowledge opinion! :D