We’ve had great success with these two raised beds – not only in the regular growing season, but through this past winter as well.
And last summer after we (well, Bill and Alex) cut down the cherry tree that used to be behind those beds, we decided to use that space for two more 4x4 raised beds.
Bill’s been getting the new spots ready, digging down into the dirt, getting rid of sod, and loosening the earth.
And yesterday – a warm, sunny, gorgeous example of a Spring day – Bill (with help) built the frames for the two raised beds, set them in place, filled them with compost, peat, garden lyme, manure and organic fertilizer, and transplanted the broccoli.
Now, while this was going on, I was inside baking a few things, so some of my pictures were taken through the kitchen windows and others were done when I went outside to get a better view.
Here’s a look…
First, Bill put together one frame, and then he let the kids use the electric sander to smooth the sides. They love helping.
Then it was time to set the frame into the ground.
Bill showed them all (my two and a friend from across the street) how to use the rubber mallet, and then they all got a turn.
Once the frame was firmly set in the ground and level, it was time to add the compost.
They had even more help for this, as another of the little boys across the street showed up. They had two wheelbarrows going – the big one and the little red plastic one – with the kids working in teams to fill, deliver, dump the compost.
After all that, they put the other frame together and repeated the whole process.
By mid afternoon, both new raised beds were ready to go.
The last garden project yesterday was to move the broccoli to their permanent growing location. Third bed from the front.
First, though – lyme and fertilizer.
Next, replanting the plantlings.
We had ten plants in total.
And even though I don’t LOVE broccoli…I’m excited that we’re growing it…and I’m sure it will be quite delicious.