Getting seeds and plants in the ground 2 weeks late isn't a big deal in some place warm, but on the Little Farm where the growing season is pretty short, it's a bit scary. We're hoping for a long, warm Fall. The bounty of our garden isn't our sole source of food, but it does help make a BIG dent in our grocery budget for the year.
Time will tell.
|Before the raised bed.|
We've made a major improvement to the garden this year. We made the entire perimeter of the garden into a raised bed. The inside of the garden has had 7 raised beds for several years. The new bed looks great and should help keep things a bit drier in the spring, which means we might get things in earlier in the years to come and not have to worry so much about 2 weeks late...
|After boards were added, before dirt to fill it up.|
As usual, it's been an all family affair. The fence sections were torn down, nails removed and pieces stacked neatly by the male Young'uns. The slats (or whatever you call the up and down boards that form the walls) were screwed together by yours truly. I felt so handy wielding that drill! The 2x4's which held the slats were cut and turned into stakes by The Big Guy. He also put the stakes in the ground and screwed the slat pieces I made onto the stakes. The dirt was hauled from the yard waste place and put into the plots by The Big Guy and the 2 oldest Young'uns. Whew! It was a project - but it looks great!
|Farmer Ron hard at work. He hates it when I do this. Can you see the flowering fruit trees behind him? We've got big orchard news!|