We had grand plans of turning our entire backyard into a vegetable garden last year, but found ourselves in race against the clock to get everything done. So we were content with the garden space we had worked for the five years we had been in our house. Over the winter we began considering how we would re-vamp the garden area. We had decided against plowing up all the grass and making a mini-farm. Considering the amount of work that goes into maintaining a plot of land that size and resolving that a little bit of grass isn’t so bad, we decided to just extend our garden area and make better use of the space. We increased the garden space by about a quarter, but doubled our square footage of planting space.
Of course, a plan never is quite as simple as you originally think and we always underestimate the amount of time that these yard-work things take. I’m not sure how many man-hours this project has taken–there was the digging out of the original barrier and digging in a new line, tearing out the old boxes, weeding and weeding and weeding, transplanting and selling seven rose bushes, researching soil and landscape supply companies, ordering and having soil delivered, rototilling the ground, moving earth, leveling earth, moving more earth, determining how many and what sized of raised beds, building raised beds, putting raised beds in, filling raised beds with dirt, and finally, planting starts. We are certainly pleased to have reached our goal and can’t wait for the real reward–fresh tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, onions, squash, beans, cucumbers, broccoli, califlower, lettuce, raspberries, garlic, and basil.
It’s not too late to put in your own garden or even a few pots of tomatoes or basil–it really does taste better when it’s fresh and straight from your own garden, porch, patio, or windowsill!
Here are some photos of the progression… **Special thanks to Pete and Neighbor Mike for help moving dirt! Also to Howard for use of the mini-tiller and again to Mike for use of the industrial tiller and other tools.**