Last May, I had the Crew – a bunch of guys who get the call when a project is just too big for me to handle on my own – out to the house for spring clean-up. One of the things they did was to drag six of these old curb stones out of the mud and build my asparagus bed with them.
Six was a good start, but there were ten more still buried in the yard (Actually, there were eleven, but the last one is so crumbly, it wasn’t at all useful). When the Crew came back last month to help us with storm cleanup, I asked them to use the others to build a couple more new beds.
They took six more, and built an identical bed to the one that now has the asparagus. We lined the bottom with a piece of old wool carpet to block the reeds and blackberry canes from sprouting up inside, and filled it with compost from the pile…
After the guys had turned the pile over.
So long, Mt. Squashmore!
(Cleo is such a camera-hog…Eight shots taken, and she managed to get in every one…at least she’s cute.)
If it’s at all possible when starting a new bed from scratch, let it sit empty for a few weeks before planting in it. This gives the weeds seeds a chance to germinate and be pulled up before they become a problem for your new plants.
(James: What are you taking pictures of, Mom?
Me: Oh, just the weeds…keep going…)
So, what’s going into the newest bed?
Why take up space inside the fence, when not even the voracious voles will eat garlic? As soon as we get a break in the rain, it’ll be time to plant. Soon, I hope…
As for the other new bed…
That’s next spring’s Seekrit Projekt!