Been out playing in the dirt and near 80-dedree F sun most of the time it was out...
Too pretty to sit inside, and too broke to venture forth (the day and me, respectively!) into the concrete jungle to do... whatever it those is venturers-forth do.
So having bought a few new garden implements over the last several months, and a blue garden
in need of greening, I thought I'd don tank top and elbow grease and see what came.
Here's the spot as seen at the start of the day...
About the only problem encountered was the coax cable which diagonally bisects the new grow area. I solved the future access and tiller-snack prevention by sacrificing a little grow space for a meandering walkway...
In the above photo, you can see the area to the right of the walkway covered first in newspaper and then in leaves. The leafy area will serve as compost pile for now. The newspaper is not only now recycled but serves to help kill the underlying grass (so we can get more tasty vegetables in!), and will also be a haven for:
One benefit of some of the stubborn grass still growing (one reason I let half the new area go to compost-- kill that off proper) and the recent tarp coverage was these handy little critters:
Tossed every one I could into the existing vegetable bed!
Speaking of which, you can see the little greening things in some of the pictures. Not so much growth as I had hoped for over the last two weeks, but maybe I'm being a bit impatient-- it is only the first week in March.
So, I put more tomato and green bean seeds between the existing plants where I saw room for a buddy to grow, too. And for S&G's thumbed some Crimson Sweet melon seeds (an heirloom variety...) down between the walk bricks and the compose area. We'll see! :D
At the end of the day I have come away with increased growing ground, an annual lease spot for the compost, and an aesthetically improved area with practical purpose to boot.
Old Bird should sleep good tonight! HA!
Unidentified tintype, ca 1850s
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