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Gardening commences

The vegetable garden has been dug! We've got a long way to go still, but we've made a good start.




Our new mini cultivator was surprisingly effective at tearing up the grass, and cutting out the basic shape for the bed:



Eric followed behind me and raked up the grass and weeds. It did a better job than I expected, but it's not a rototiller, so I still had to turn over the soil by hand after I made the first pass with the cultivator:



Like all soil in this region, it's just tons of heavy clay and rock. I've added two 40 pound bags of gypsum, and will be adding sphagnum to make it more friable. I bought some composted manure to get started, and will probably get more this weekend. I am going to try to stick as closely as possible to organic methods. I might buy some ladybugs or mantises for pest control.

Also, I just like ladybugs and mantises.

Hopefully, my garden posts will be more colorful and interesting as the season progresses. But for now, look at all that cool dirt!

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cjpetherick
Mar. 27th, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC)
Nice. Is that about a 12' by 5' plot? That's a hell of a lot of work turning that.

This weekend you can load up with composted horse manure from the country.
fenriss
Mar. 27th, 2006 04:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah, possibly 6' X 12'. I didn't measure precisely.

Thanks for getting me more manure! We'll see if E will agree to haul it in the car :)
nixieq
Mar. 27th, 2006 05:08 pm (UTC)
look at you, all cute and butch with your gardening tools and your hair pulled back. hee!

good luck w/ the soil issues. but hey, you're a kitchen witch! i have faith that you can grow stuff. >:)
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