My garden had a late start due to my foot surgery and recovery time. This spring was warm and beautiful and many vegetable crops were planted early. Some folks were already eating radishes before I had my seeds out of the paper bag.
One sunny day my brother, Larry and his family helped me sow the seeds. Michael, Carly, Jane, Larry, Rick and I headed out to my back twenty foot square field. For the past few years Rick and I have been building raised beds. Rick got the backhoe and filled the bucket with good black soil and added it to the existing boxes of soil. We all grabbed a shovel and worked the soils together. In a few short hours we had butternut squash, carrots, swish chard, spinach, green beans, and mesclun seeds in the ground. The plants also got their toes in the dirt - tomato, both sweet grape and celebrity, sweet peppers, broccoli, and brussel sprouts. Michael did an awesome job of watering everything daily until all the plants were well established.
I soon realized I needed at least one more spot for sweet potatoes. In the past Rick fashioned my raised beds out of re-purposed lumber from the farm. But, since Rick was in the thick of field work and fighting off kidney stones, I didn't want to ask him for help. Consequently, a big box lumber yard got my money for a prefab raised bed. I filled the square with a nice mix of soil, etc and my sweet potato plants had a new home.
As the lazy(?) hazy days of summer passed, giving my garden spot a drink became a daily event. The days were so hot and dry, they plants were quite thirsty. I also took my sacks of shredded paper and tucked the plants in bed with a nice coverlet. The combination of raised beds, mulch and dense plants made the task of wedding almost non existent.
|Pule, Carly, Michael in front of our little piece of heaven.|