April 27, 2011 by Leah
I dug out a new garden bed yesterday. Though it probably only took about 90 minutes, it was blisteringly hard work, and I’m proud. I’d left plastic over most of this area for almost three weeks, but digging out mostly dead grass didn’t end up being any different than digging out live grass. I got three wheelbarrow-loads full of sod out of a space that is probably somewhere around 4′ x 8′. Cubic measurements are always surprisingly large.
Installing edging is by far the worst part, but I’m having so much trouble with grass coming into my raised beds it was worth it to dig and edge this new bed. (For edging the raised beds, I’ve been told railroad ties work well. If one has a ready source of railroad ties, anyway. I’m going to try to turn shipping pallets into edging later this week.)
I planted some of the seedlings I’ve been cultivating in toilet paper tubes on a cookie sheet in the living room, along with a few other seedlings that managed to sprout in the various small seed pots I left scattered around the patio. I’m not entirely sure what all of them are, but I think all the as-yet-unrecognized sprouts are tomatoes.
The rest of the garden is still growing like crazy. (Here’s the last update for comparison.) I’ve discovered some slugs on the broccoli, so I’m going to bury a couple of small mason jars of beer in the garden. (Theoretically the beer lures the slugs and then they drown. They probably die happy, though.)
My broccoli and squash were supposed to be mature by now, but neither crop has produced anything except for many, many giant leaves. (This reminds me of the problem with the fava beans in the winter garden: I had something like a dozen plants and exactly three bean pods.) The plan was to harvest the squash, broccoli, and collards to let some light shine onto the currently-overshadowed aubergine and watermelon plants.
Currently, there’s such an explosion of foliage it’s hard to tell what’s what, but I like looking at the garden anyway. Oh, and here are the beautiful potato plants: