How many days ago was it that I said I wasn’t going to have a garden this year? And why then have I spent the past two days planning, shopping and getting ready for a garden?
As one of my gifts on Sunday the guys went ahead and built the raised beds. Right now the beds are full of newspaper and wet straw to kill off any weeds and whatnot lying beneath.
We’re calling this Extreme Obstacle Gardening. Note the dirt area with the bird bath in the lower left hand corner of the photo. There is a concrete slab under there, you can see part of it sticking up next to the first raised bed. The slab is embedded into the ground because of the generator explosion. That rusty thing behind the bird bath is the second generator. We had to arrange the fence around that slab as well as the garden beds. See that dirt area in the center of the photograph? That’s where the old apple tree used to be and where the stump remains. Just beyond that, running underground from left to right across the entire area, is an electrical wire. So if you’re wondering how the layout came to be as it is, there you have it. It’s not as willy-nilly as it looks.
I don’t know if you can tell, but the gate to enter the area is behind the generator. That area is left more open so I can navigate the area with a garden cart. It also allows me the opportunity to fill the half-barrel planters with things like mint or oregano or other herbs that like to take over a garden.
This coming weekend the beds will be filled with topsoil and manure and I’ll finally have a place I can actually call a garden instead of tucking my tomatoes into the landscaping. I’m so excited! I may have gotten a little carried away with all the excitement though. I don’t suppose I need all of the 32 tomato plants I brought home from the garden center…