But, now the vegetable garden is in, looks to have taken, I've watched Iron Man 2 with the sniffiliest kid in a nearly empty theater and feeling just enough recharged to catch up on here on ye old blog.
Saturday was a relatively nice day. Overcast so the sun wasn't blinding, but it was a little muggy and not much of a breeze. At least the temperature didn't get over 75 so it all worked out.
Last year I experimented with raised beds and, well, it wasn't my best moment:
|Straight lines are so boring...and hard!|
This year, I decided to try the raised beds again, but with fewer number of beds and dammit, they were going to be straight and level this time. My husband had the good idea of using twine and staking it so that I would have a reference but we forgot to buy twine Friday night and I wasn't going to go out on a Saturday afternoon of a holiday weekend. (I'm not 'up with people' in case you haven't noticed).
So, I proceeded slowly and measured everything out and used a bottle of water for my level - which works amazingly well, especially if the bottle has a label.
I layed out the bottom layer of the beds first, like so:
|The Foundation Level|
|Tier-ing the Beds|
The third bed was only slightly lower than the second so the effect isn't as dramatic but I think it still turned out well. Most importantly, those beds were level AND straight. Check it out:
|You'll need to turn your head - I forgot to rotate|
All that took me about 7 hours on Saturday. I was bit sunburned and I had four mosquito bites at the hat brim line on my forehead but I was happy with my progress.
Sunday was sunny and just a bit warmer but there was a nice breeze. It didn't feel muggy but there was a haze. I found out later that night that it was smoke from the Quebec fires.
Now came the fun/easy part - planting!
I'm not nearly as ambitious of most of the bloggers I read, but I planted more this year than ever before: Four kinds of tomatoes, two kinds of squash, Green Bell Peppers, Radishes, Peas, two types of Lettuce, two types of Cucumbers, Onions and pie pumpkins.
Around the birdbath I place in the center bed I planted Bachelor Button flowers and a ring of Marigold seeds. I'm going for form and function.
|Tomatoes, Squash and Radishes - living in harmony|
So, here are pictures of the final product, minus a few bags of mulch:
Monday, I rested and celebrated the holiday with the family. I did a little weeding but for most of the day I relaxed and enjoyed the nice, sunny weather. There was low humidity and the temperatures were in the mid-70's so it was near perfect.
Since then it's been overcast and rainy but that's actually welcome. We had a dry May and needed the moisture, which is certainly a big change from last year. Last year was a wash out - literally.
So, here's to a good start for a productive summer of vegetables and flowers! Good luck to all you gardeners!