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Garden Project, Day 5 [May. 25th, 2009|10:08 pm]
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We focused on the garden today and made quite a bit of progress...

Walls built up to height except for the end cap which was left open so we could get the wheelbarrow in and out. Also have the netting posts in place except for the back corner. (This is the state the walls finished the day in, too.)

We then started hauling dirt. What's the greatest part about hauling dirt?

Wheelbarrow rides! This kept Tim amused for a while as we went back and forth with the loads of soil. (As Kit points out, technically we went back and forth while the soil only went forth, hence the net progress.)

In yesterday's post, I mentioned the faucet that's remotely located for no good reason. Today I actually got some pics of the minimalist trail I made.

This is the new trailhead. It starts at the upper lawn area and heads up the little hill flowerbed and between the ferns.

The trail bends after passing those ferns and ducks between a tree and leafy bush. You can actually see the faucet in this picture. No, really. See the leaning crook of white PVC just left of the tree trunk? The one back behind those bushes and branches?

Yep. I don't know why someone thought that the one faucet not connected to the house should be way up here where it's completely inaccessible. *grumble*

Anyhow... back to the garden! We started moving in the dirt:

Here you can see the bed with most of the dirt hauled up. I'll need to lay the last 5 bricks (after I buy more concrete) before we can get this end filled in.

But this was enough that we could (FINALLY!) start planting.

We've got (front to back) alpine strawberries, broccoli, lettuces, and beans. I'm glad we got as far as we did since it meant we could finally get these out of their pots.

The one other thing we'd like to get is blueberries. Also not shown are some assorted herbs and clover (just decorative) that we will probably stick in the top holes of the cinderblock.

So the upper bed is almost done. A couple more bags of concrete and a handful of bricks and the last of the dirt. And there's no rush about building the lower-level bed, either, as our plants are in the ground now.

I got a lot of exercise this weekend, my muscles are letting me know. Now to get a good night's sleep before heading back to work tomorrow. Hope everyone else had a nice Memorial Day weekend, however you spent it. Cheers!

[User Picture]From: penh
2009-05-26 05:56 am (UTC)
Wow... I remember wheelbarrow rides, way back when. :)
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[User Picture]From: ashkitty
2009-05-26 10:29 am (UTC)
Wheelbarrow rides! :)
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[User Picture]From: shockwave77598
2009-05-26 01:17 pm (UTC)
I just BET your muscles hurt! That's a lotta work there...
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[User Picture]From: sabotlours
2009-05-26 03:40 pm (UTC)
Hooray for gardening!
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[User Picture]From: witchofnovember
2009-05-26 05:41 pm (UTC)
What are you planning for the top of the wall? More soil and plants or something decorative?
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2009-05-27 02:50 am (UTC)
Got some herbs and clover to tuck in there. They'll have no drainage so I don't know how well they'll do but we'll give it a shot.
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[User Picture]From: mothermonster
2009-05-26 06:38 pm (UTC)
Hey Kit!! For someone who sounded half dead on the phone, you pretty good in the picture!! Ah! Children--and gardens--you'll just have to die later. Your plans and progress are amazing, it will look great all finished, and you'll know that all the sore muscles are worth it!!
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[User Picture]From: harvardheinous
2009-05-26 11:43 pm (UTC)
That's just the thing my parents did, too, when they were younger.  I remember eating home-grown strawberries when I was a little kid.   : )
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2009-05-27 02:51 am (UTC)
And the memories have stuck with you! We're hoping to give Timothy some good kid experiences like that too. :)
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[User Picture]From: savant_da_rat
2009-05-29 12:27 am (UTC)
My nephew loooooooves wheelbarrow rides, it was the highlight of his last visit :)

Quite the garden project, nice work!
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[User Picture]From: ankhorite
2009-05-29 02:55 am (UTC)

Raised Bed Garden

Oh, I have HUGE garden envy! My dearest savant_da_rat built me a garden with untreated pine (because treated pine has arsenic) but now, after ten years, it is collapsing, as we knew it would.

Yours will last. Also, why just "decorative" herbs in the cinderblock holes? Creeping thyme would look wonderful, and it's perennial. It would droop down the sides. I understand you have no drainage but I don't think that will trouble the thyme too much. They like it dry and the holes in the cinderblock will get darn dry darn fast.

Creeping sedum would work, too, but it reproduces like wild and would soon be in your lawn.

I envy your remote hose access. We have the world's worst hose bib placements, and basically, only one of them for nearly a half-acre.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2009-05-30 08:39 pm (UTC)

Re: Raised Bed Garden

The clover is the decorative part. The herbs are edible. Though we'll see how they fare. The bricks are cemented together and the top row bricks have cement about 1/3 of the way up, so the hole is only about 4" deep for planting them.

*shrug* Herbs aren't too expensive so it's worth trying. Got some mint which generally is pretty durable.

Hadn't heard of creeping sedum. I'll have to check that out.
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