Ok, so it’s almost the end of January.
That means it’s almost February.
Almost February means that I need to start planning my garden because a few things (peas, spinach) need to be outside as soon as the ground can be worked in March.
This makes me happy!
I’m doing something new for my garden this year. In previous years we had a triangle-ish shape of garden space at the back corner of the yard. This didn’t work out well because it got over grown with weeds, and mosquitoes ate me alive every time I set foot in it. Plus the neighbor behind me (the same old people who kept making the anonymous chicken complaints while smiling to my face) have their garden right on the other side of the fence, and they douse it with Miracle Grow and Sevin dust. That kind of makes my organic efforts pointless!
So at the end of last year we built four boxes for raised beds. They are 4×4 feet and two feet deep. I have to get some soil to fill them in soon. I’ve been doing some research on where to get the cheapest quality soil, and I found a local place that sells 50/50 top soil compost mix for $10 per cubic yard. I calculated, and my boxes will take 1.18 cubic yards of soil. So I figure I’ll get 2 cubic yards and use the left overs for potted plants and whatever else. $20 for all of that rich soil, not bad! The only catch is that I can’t figure out how to get it to my house since we don’t own a truck. 2 cubic yards fills an 8 foot truck bed. My FIL owns a truck, but I hate asking him for stuff like this. :(
These are my new garden beds right after we built them. The space in the middle is for herbs and flowers. The two tubs on the left side have dwarf apple trees growing in them.
We put bricks around them because Tyler hates to weed eat and I wasn’t about to try to garden in weeds filled with bugs. This way I can stand on the stones! I plan on filling the cracks between the stones with sand to cut down on sneaky pop-up weeds. We also have to cut those trees up on the left way back so the boxes can get enough sun.
My old garden was back there behind the swing set. If I can convince Tyler to do a privacy fence with some of our tax return money, then I might do another couple of raised beds back there in the old garden space.
I want a privacy fence badly. Our current fence is rusted saggy chain link. I cut my arm on a piece of rusted metal sticking out into the old garden space off of the fence two different times last year. I still have a scar from one of them, it flayed the skin wide open!
A privacy fence would solve so many issues–the grumpy old people could no longer see my chickens and spy on me and call government officials. I hate the feeling of being watched, it makes me so uncomfortable. The privacy fence would also mean that Hank, my hound dog, can no longer hop the fence and go to the neighbor’s door. Remember that debacle of how she keeps feeding him and luring him over? Overall it would also look so much nicer. My grumpy old people neighbors have this giant pile of rotting wood that I stare at out of my kitchen window all the time, up against their dilapidated garage. Instead I would see nice neat wooden fencing!
If we do get privacy fencing I’d like to use that empty back corner garden space as a pen for Nigerian Dwarf goats. Of course that will never happen, because we aren’t zoned for goats. I know, that wouldn’t really stop me…but Tyler would have a hissy fit if I forced us to get dairy goats. He doesn’t think they are adorable like I do. We also probably can’t afford to feed them, so I should just let that fantasy go for now and be happy with my 25 chickens and two ducks.
I also got this other great idea. I want to get a couple of cattle panels to make arches for trellising plants in the garden! They’ll look so spiffy. I can grow cucumbers for pickles, peas, melons, and pole beans on them. I would like to do one arched trellis with just bright red flower vines on it, that would be beautiful.
Here’s what I’m talking about. (Photo stolen from interwebs.)
Isn’t that cool?
I don’t think it will be hard to do at all, as long as we can get the panels home. They’re only $18 per panel and we already have a bunch of posts.
Those are my big plans for this year’s garden. We’ll see how it goes. I can’t wait for warmer weather!
In Kentucky most plants go into the ground after the last frost, which is around the end of April. Ada will be a whole year old then. Wow.