Thursday, March 3, 2016

Got to get these beds done...

Warm weather and nice days and we decided that we need to get these beds in and done.  Just the thought of another trying leveling job has made us less than excited.  But, the block was just sitting there, sorta daring us to "make it's day!"


Here's the area chosen for the raised bed that will replace the straw bales for growing squash... squashes.... squashii.  It was a bear just getting the area even SLIGHTLY level. Steve dug one flat length of what we thought we'd need. Placed level on long board and leveled just that strip.  Then, moved across the whole area.

Laid out blocks in a couple patterns until we picked one we wanted.  

Then, the most time-consuming laying and relaying of block, trying to get just one course level. Remember our other raised beds and the optical illusion created by living on a mountain?  The course looked level, but was far from it when you put the level on the blocks.

Add dirt; remove dirt; almost get to the point of crying (me); add dirt; remove dirt; throw level a few feet away (Steve); go get level; decide to leave it; return to it; really feel like crying (me); finally break for dinner....

I seriously do not think we will ever make a raised block bed AGAIN!!......



I let Steve go it alone for a while and decided to make like Old Man Winter and water the beds. Haven't had any snow for ages, so felt that the beds needed "rain" to get the mulch and compost to do some more decomposing before planting in 2 months. I hope that the watering also gets any weed seeds to show themselves before the planting begins.

I also raked more pine needles for the blueberry bed we will be making.   IT WILL NOT BE BLOCK!  Maybe a safe redwood will do.  Something that won't rot away for years, as the bushes last for many.  

We'll need to build a similar bed for the asparagus plants.  They will be another long-term investment so the redwood is another smart choice.   I've never thought that far ahead in planting.  The asparagus need about 3 years to mature before really harvesting more than a few stems.  The blueberries will also need a few years to really get going.....

.... tired, but feeling like REAL farmers..... homesteaders.....



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