I pre-drilled the holes, then screwed together the 6'x6' box...
and placed it on the 6'x6' area of earth I dug up a few days ago.
I excavated a little bit around the edge so the box would sit nicely in the earth. Then I added organic cotton boll compost, some extra phosphorous and organic vegetable garden food. I had taken my soil test results to Good Earth Garden Center and they told me what to add. You can also see the little path I built last week so I could walk between my two plots. The first garden bed was already in place from a previous owner, but it also needed the soil amendments.
Soon I will plant my spinach, arugula and carrots! (just have to construct my wire guards to keep the squirrels out first)
The twist & spout is a great design product AND helps you get a bit greener! I love the look of the handle/spout on a glass 'O' (safeway organics) lemon soda bottle. I think I'll slowly collect a few bottles, each for different plant food and just switch out the top.
Today I used my new push reel mower for the first time. I had so much fun -- I mowed the whole lawn (which is a lot of mowing). Fun you say? Yes! I'm one of those people that have a hard time going to a gym just to work out. However, if its productive work - I love it! It felt great and my Fiskars manual mower is fabulous!!!
I also managed to get the new 6'x6' addition to my little garden plot started (earth turned, grass out, soon it'll be 6'x12') before the rain started. Such a nice spring thunderstorm even though it didn't last long. I sat on the front porch watching the rain come down while the sun shined -- a special experience I relish. And I snuck in another chapter from "Out Stealing Horses" by Per Peterson -- a book I highly recommend.
We all have enjoyed this sunny week, but the weather report is calling for rain today into this weekend! I know we need it but I was really hoping it would be another gorgeous day so I could work outside. I just bought a push / reel mower and am looking forward to the exercise and the smell of freshly cut grass. As I write this the sun shines brightly, but as I look up at Pikes Peak, I see heavy clouds covering it... and headed our way.
Hope you have a great weekend whatever the weather may be in your neck of the woods!
This morning I was outside in the sunny weather pruning the Russian Sage. I must say that's one of the most delightful tasks -- I love the smell of sage! I also am trying to figure out what this blooming shrub/tree is -- there are two planted in front of the house. They are packed in with lilac and spirea.
One of the surprises of spring in a new home is finding out what plants and shrubs have been planted in the past. I have at least 5 rose bushes around the house planted by some previous owner - how exciting!
I finally got to use my little blue le creuset dutch oven when I baked my first chicken pot pie. I used organic free-range chicken from Wholefoods, with organic corn/peas/carrots and some cream of corn soup as the base. And I learned that no matter how many layers of butter you incorporate into filo dough, its still not puff pastry. Turned out tasty though.