Archive for May, 2013

Finding a use for the useless

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Today while the girls napped, I got the temporary chicken fence put up around the swampiest, least useable part of the whole garden. (Can I get a “huzzah!” for working with long metal rods during a thunderstorm? Oh, the excitement!) That pile of trash is most of the landscape fabric I pulled up. I’m waiting […]

Soil amendments: Now, with SCIENCE!

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

They say you’re supposed to get a soil test every three years. I’d gotten one the spring of 2010, right after the land was cleared, but it was an over-the-counter sort of thing and told me nothing beyond soil ph (backfill hill, 5.1; bottomland 5.5). I was of the opinion that if I just kept […]

Three beds full

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Both of the girls graced me with two hour naps this afternoon, and I got so much done in the garden! I spread 12 wheelbarrows – 72 cubic feet – of compost on top of the first three newly-tilled beds. I’m using it as mulch, to plant through, because it’s still fairly rough. That’s just […]

And stay out!

Monday, May 6th, 2013

We got the deer fence finished yesterday. Or actually, Josh did. He volunteered! On his birthday, when he could have spent all day with Doritos, video games, and beer (the trifecta of Josh perfection). But instead, we pulled and cussed – okay, mostly┬áI cussed and mostly he pulled- out that very last stretch of fencing. […]


Sunday, May 5th, 2013

I engaged in a fair bit of destruction this past weekend. Remember how I originally laid out the garden? A few straight beds, but at least half the useable area taken up with looping, curved beds in (what was supposed to be) a Nautilus kind of shape. It could have been really nice, especially if […]