Wednesday, March 2, 2016
where was I before all this wild dog business?
The past couple of weeks I've been bringing in yards of dirt to fill the raised bed that finally got built. This will be the first garden we have had since we bought the shop in the spring of 2014. Our garden spot at home was in shade by 3 PM (which wasn't always a bad thing long about August but then the only thing still producing in August is okra which loves the sun and heat), so we decided we would build raised beds over at the shop which, when we bought it, was an acre and a half of nothing but grass. I have since put in some flowering shrubs and recently planted a purple orchid tree and have a tiny little volunteer red but tree that I dug up out of the flower bed to plant over there and the peach tree which I plan to get planted today.
Anyway, yesterday we shoveled and raked part of the third yard of dirt into the one 4' x 16' raised bed that we had managed to get built and got it filled with about half of the yard of dirt left. There was really no spot to put the rest of the dirt over at the shop for future use that the grass and weeds wouldn't grow into it. We could have shoveled it out on the concrete apron in front of the barn but then we would have to cart it all over to the shop yard again once we had another raised bed built. Or we could build a 4' x 4' bed real quick and fill that.
So that is what we did. Only instead of a 4' x 4', he built a 4' x 8' which the remaining yard of dirt only partially filled. We're chasing our tail, he says. Uh, yeah. So I need to get another yard of dirt which will fill it with only about 5 cubic feet left over. I will have spent $140 on dirt. It will take years before we get $140 worth of vegetables out of it, but I did get my tomatoes and two bell pepper plants in and I'm headed to the feed store later today to see what they have in the way of vegetables.
Elsewhere in the yards, it's spring!