David and I have gotten pretty efficient about building new gardens. The other day he said “shouldn’t you extend that garden bed so that it fills in this gap between these two beds? The spot was under the row of small pine trees. He hauled up some “Thelma rocks” for me to use in wall-building. (Thelma was a good friend who made hundreds of small concrete paving stones with a set of molds to make a labyrinth. When the weeds made it unfeasible she gave away all the pavers and I hauled them home to use in wall-building.) This is the “before” picture, and a series showing the bed coming into existence:
the pile of Thelma rocks and the weedy “overflow garden” where I throw extra plants.
first I put down newspaper and then rocks, then put hay over the outside on the paper. It will discourage the grass, for a little while!
When the rock wall was mostly done and the mulch set, we called it quits for the day. This all took about two hours.
another picture of the mostly finished wall. We left the top part off so we could get the wheelbarrow in to fill the bed.
relaxing after hard work
Mr Fluff scoots over as soon as he sees an available lap, even a less-than-level one! You would think he had been doing all that work!
The next morning (that is, this morning) I forked the entire compost bin of mostly composted stuff into the new bed, right on the grass. It was three loads altogether.
In this picture you can see the newly-laid compost and also the “overflow garden” in the back, under the pine trees.
Next, David hauled six heaping wheelbarrow loads of old horse manure from the barnyard, and filled up the bed the rest of the way. It’s year-old manure, so it doesn’t smell like manure but I’d say it is not completely composted yet, so I do not plan to plant anything here until next year.
Thank you, Casey and Fly!
Here is the garden with the manure in place. On our way home today we are stopping for a load of wood shavings from the SLU stables, to put on top of this.
After putting a heavy layer of old wood shavings, this garden can sit for the rest of this year. Next Spring it will be ready for planting.