Tuesday, February 09, 2016

One Of Us Has Been Busy

... and it hasn't been me.

We had five cubic yards of topsoil delivered last week, and Roger has been filling the wheelbarrow with load after load of it into the raised beds he built the week before.
Here is what the yard look like on February 1. The middle bed with the chard and lettuce has been productive since fall. Roger added the two slightly larger beds on either side of it last week. He also moved the one on the concrete so that it's at the foot of the beds. We did a little online research and found that it's okay to plant in a raised bed on concrete like this as long as there is sufficient drainage. There are two more beds around the corner of the house to the left. That side gets full on southern exposure.
Here is what the yard looks like now. Roger transplanted the chard into the new bed, so he could empty the old bed, move it so that it lines up with the new beds, and refill it with better soil. He created a lot of growing space in a yard that was never intended to be a garden. A beautiful transition.
On the narrow, sunny south side of the house are these two beds The one at the farside of the photo is deeper than the others. That's where our tomatoes will be planted. It's an experiment to see if we can actually grow some here during the foggy summer months.

There's a lot of space out front for all the flowers we want to plant to keep our  hummingbirds happy. We are looking forward to seeing what will grow and flourish here. This is our first-year experiment.

The reason I haven't been helping the busy one with all of this hard labor of love is that I am still dealing with my injured finger. It had been healing quite well until it developed a strange bump of a blister over the deepest part of the wound. I have been to the doctor's office twice and she thinks it will resolve over time. I have been soaking it three times a day in hot water (per her instructions) to encourage it to move on. So far, it's just a painful lump that prevents me from doing any heavy lifting in the garden. I'm so looking forward to the day when I can fully help. Oh, and I also found out on Monday that I need a root canal. Life just ain't fair sometimes.

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  1. How come you did not just did the yard up, you would have had the soil there or did you need razed beds. Might add I built a couple of razed flower beds in our back garden. I've grown tomato's in grow bags that are not that deep, when they are finished I just recycle the soil. Yards looking good though hope it works out

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    1. the dirt here is mostly clay. very heavy and packed. also the sunniest place has standing water when it rains heavily. so... raised beds

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  2. Oh, tell me about the drainage issue! When I had my open house, people were cheerfully offering suggestions for what to do with the concrete pad that remained in my back yard--bocci court, landing pad, and my favorite, use it for a chalk art contest. However, I desperately want, for the first time in my adult life, to have adequate sun for a garden and several people suggested putting my raised-garden-to-be there. I objected because I thought drainage would be an issue. How did you deal with that? holes drilled near or at the bottom?
    I cannot tell you how disheartening it is to know that greenness is months away. We're finally getting dribs and drabs of snow, the weather turning colder again. I'm just gobsmacked by the idea of growing greens all winter. You. Are. So. Lucky!
    Yay Roger for all that hard work. I still await food photos with recipes.

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    1. the beds don't have bottoms. the dirt goes right on the concrete, which has a pebble finish and so should drain well

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  3. nice looking beds and yes, life does seem to go in cycles and some of those cycles can be very frustrating.

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  4. So sorry the finger is still a problem.

    The beds are lovely. What a treat it will be to see what you can grow there.

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  5. Impressive. We are not quite ready, too cold. But we are talking about new fencing and climbers and vertical gardening. Putting down the rules: regional, edible, diversity, if not edible: stunning and with a scent.

    For years we have been talking about mobile raised beds to follow the sun. But too heavy and the ground too uneven.

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  6. Strange bump appears just when there's work to be done...a likely story! Don't let her off the hook, Roger! (You know I'm kidding.)

    Now, about the color of the house...

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  7. Bill- We've benn planting in raised beds for many years. The soil here is not particularly good at all for gardening. Raised beds help us control the specifics of the soil we need for the plants.

    CCorax-- Interestingly, the beds don't have bottoms. So the ones over the concrete are simply open. This is a test to see how well it will work. We did some reading online and found that it could be done successfully. We'll see. The best part of a coastal temperate climate is year-round greens! We do appreciate it.

    Rain-- Now we're talking about what to plant where. It's the fun part of garden dreaming. I'm definitely bummed out about my finger and tooth. I wish it would all just heal and leave me alone already.

    NCmountainwoman-- I am surprised that my finger is doing this crazy thing. Glad you like the raised beds. They hold so much promise for us.

    Sabine-- Love the idea of fencing and climbers and vertical gardening. We were just looking at the fence along the backyard and wondering what to plant along it. Love your rules! I think we may have adopt that. It would be interesting to have mobile raised beds, but they would have to be small-ish for us to haul around.

    Scott-- LOL! Thank you for that. I knew you were kidding! Oh yeah, we already have ideas of what color to paint the house. We've painted just about every house we've ever owned, except one, and that one we shingled ourselves. We do like a good project.

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  8. I am so glad you have raised beds again. Know how you enjoyed your produce from the other house. You really have a lot of space to plant.
    So sorry you are still nursing that finger. You really sliced it. Digging in dirt might not be a good idea yet.

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  9. That is a lot of gardening in the raised beds. Hope that finger heals up soon. Life is full of challenges, but know that it will get better soon and summer is coming. Hope the dental procedure goes good and you have no more pain.

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  10. Arkansas Patti-- It'll be fun to see how much we can grow in this limited space. We'll definitely be posting about it. Oh the sliced finger. What a crazy injury. I know on a grand scale this finger boo-boo is really minor, but it sure has a way of getting in the way all the time. Sigh.

    Nora-- We're looking forward to seeing what we can grow well in this climate. It should be interesting. Yes, it's so true that life is full of challenges. They can be pretty wearying sometimes. Looking forward to being on the other side of the root canal.

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  11. Sorry about the finger and the root canal. I have to have a tooth pulled; maybe tomorrow.

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  12. Geeze zow. Not fair, hope you feel better soon. How's your wine supply?

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  13. It all looks great, but that garden shed needs to be moved. Roger can do it!

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  14. kenju-- I thought about having this tooth pulled, but it's up front. Still, I thought about it. Good luck with your extraction.

    isabelita-- I know, not fair at all. And to top it off, I'm taking antibiotics and some tylenol, so I'm only letting myself have a small glass of wine with dinner. Really not fair!

    Pablo-- LOL! That shed was originally on the south-facing wall, where the tomato and raised beds are now. Roger already moved it. Hah, you do know Roger!

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  15. I'm sure it will be well worth the effort. Growing a lot of your own veggies is an awesome and healthy thing to do. It looks like Roger did a great job on them.

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  16. Hauling all that dirt in a wheelbarrow would be hard work. You don't really have much appreciation for how little dirt a wheelbarrow can hold until you have to move a pile of dirt.

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  17. It looks like there is some type of underlayment on the three beds located on the grass. Is that a weed control cloth to prevent grass from encroaching into the beds? Have you done that before with success?

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  18. Pat-- We're hoping these efforts will have great results.

    Mark-- You are so right about that. I was surprised by how much work it was to get that pile moved. Roger did an awesome job.

    def59458-- Roger put cardboard under the boxes that are located on the grass. It originally was a test to see if it would suppress the grass from growing into the beds. It worked well under the first box. We'll see what happens this spring and summer.

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  19. ye gads! Steve and I hauled a mere 2 yards of mulch yesterday and today I'm crippled. The beds look great -- Roger is the king of raised bed gardens! Yes, it will be interesting to see what grows well there. Always an experiment the first couple of years.

    Good luck with your finger -- it is taking so F**king long!

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  20. Tara-- Roger is definitely the raised bed ninja! He has gardening in his blood, and nothing makes him happier than playin' in the dirt! Yeah my stupid wicked finger. Just wish it would fully HEAL already.

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  21. I can imaging how greeny and fresh will be your yard in summer.

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  22. Chloe-- We're imagining the same thing!

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  23. I just "found" your blog, what interesting stories! I hope you don't mind while I have a look around :)

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  24. Bob R-- I'm so glad you found our blog. Hope you enjoy what you see!

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