Yesterday I described the backyard destruction and subsequent transformation for my sorta-rural, sorta-suburban garden area. There was a fair amount of square footage for a first time gardener, and I had no illusions that I could take it all on the first year. So I sectioned off manageable spaces ….
In the first raised bed you can see where made “squares” with twine. That was to help employ a little square foot gardening action. The upper two raised beds are 4′ wide TEOTWAWKI potato beds. Knowing the path areas would quickly become consumed by weeds, I went to the hardware store and bought numerous bails of straw, thinking I’d mulch the shit out of it with straw to help keep those weed seeds down ….
You can see old boards I had salvaged sitting between rows of seedlings. I figured these would 1) reduce soil compaction around the plants, 2) allow me to flip them over to find and slay slugs, 3) be cool to walk on, and 4) finally get the friggin’ boards out of my basement. Those tomato cages you see stuck in the ground really suck. They’re too weak to properly support the tomato plants that grew. Those will change next year. In the back left corner you see more TEOTAWKI potato beds.
I knew it’d be important the first year to establish a few perennial beds to get those moving along. I built an herb bed out of stones I had laying around.
That thing is a pleasure to weed, because my hands always smell like chocolate mint after I’m done. The left corner of the stone bed contains horseradish. In the left corner of the fence you can see rhubarb I transplanted. Behind the fence is the beginning of a new compost pile. Near the bottom of the pic is a strawberry bed. Not pictured is a raised asparagus bed I built inside cedar boards.
There was additional garden space that I didn’t have time to deal with, so rather than let it all go to weeds, I spread more straw. Around the edges of the fence I put down newspapers with soy-based ink under the straw to help the weed slaying process even more. The garden is entirely organic. Things were going well with the new garden up to this point.
Tomorrow – Satan’s Seed!
– Ranger Man