Can it be spring yet??
We went and got the lumber for my raised gardens today from Mill Outlet in Tacoma. I was able to get red cedar, which is making the garage smell nice as it dries from being out in the rain. Hopefully next weekend we can get one assembled and start dragging it around the yard until it looks right!
I’ve been reading more on square foot gardening, where the garden is divided into one-square-foot sections, and types of plants are grouped in each square rather than divided into rows. The type and size of plant determines how many plants per square foot – for example, carrots can be planted 9 per square foot, but tomato plants can only be planted one per square. It looks a lot more fun (and easier) than doing rows, so it will be interesting to see how it works. Assuming that I can manage to remember to water everything regularly, and keep it all alive…
Destin helped me set up a shop light in the garage today with plant/aquarium bulbs for starting my seedlings indoors. I’m hoping to get a few things started tomorrow: tomatoes, onions, and one of my flower varieties. I’ve also got everything else that I hope to grow listed out on my calendar for when I can start it indoors based on our average last date of frost in this area (April 21, according to the Farmer’s Almanac). Hopefully the weather doesn’t play any dirty tricks with a surprise extra-late frost this year!
It looks like the in-ground part of the garden may get put on hold until next year as cleaning up the yard and levelling it out is going to be more work than originally anticipated. There’s a big brush/bramble pile around some trees, with god-knows-what in it (we can see some cement paving stones, and we’ll have to dig out the burn pile that the last owners started. As if the chunks of cement, broken glass, fiberglass insulation, and aerosol cans we’ve found charred in the burn pile weren’t bad enough, it turns out there’s also about half of a car battery in there. Seriously, how stupid can people get?! Lord knows what else is in the burn pile, or hidden under all that brush and bramble. I think I may have even seen a Pyrex bowl (dibs!)