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Friday, April 27, 2012

My Aching Back

   It's been awhile since I have posted anything. I guess it's cause I've been busy with Spring coming and all. My husband and I really want a veggie garden this year. Nothing big. We want to plant some tomatoes, peas, zucchini, beans, and squash.
   We have been working on planning a raised bed garden. But we have a TON of deer in this area, so we have to screen the garden, so we get to eat a few veggies, too.
First stage of raised bed design
A work in progress
    We had our neighbor, Don, come and scoop away the topsoil and level the bed. We put landscape fabric around where we are planning to put mulch. We don't want to have to weed whack anything so we are mulching around the raised beds.

Finished raised bed design
   I had to move a few of my flowers from behind the raised bed area 'cause I wanted to see them from the house. So we rotor tilled the back area near our garden shed. This will become our main flower garden.
   This picture to the right is our finished raised bed. It's a U shape. We will have screen between the poles and a door in the front. We have to put the dirt back in that you see piled there. Russ made a screen to filter out weeds and grass. We get free compost from the town dump which we will add. I can't wait to start planting, but there's a lot to do before that.
Better view.
  Russ did a great job designing this layout. We have a few more supports to put up, but we are essentially done.
Russ is finishing the steps to the garden shed. See the dug up area. There is where I want the "patio".
  We also wanted a "patio" in front of our garden shed, so I don't have to keep moving the Adirondack chairs when we mow. So we are putting mulch there after we finished leveling and laying landscape fabric to keep the weeds out.
  We still have alot to do: We need to fill the beds with soil, compost ( We get that free from our town dump.), and  peat moss. Then we will lay mulch around the beds and in front of the garden shed. It is raining today, so we get a little rest. But we still have a alot to do... Oh.. my aching back likes this rain.


  1. Wow, you two are great gardeners. Your raised bed looks wonderful and it would seem as if the deer wouldn't be willing to work that hard to get into your garden. Maybe you'll be lucky and they will move on and leave your veggies alone! Don't you work too hard. It is supposed to be very cold and windy the next few days. Just look out the window at all the work you've already completed and then go watch a bit of Masterpiece Theater!

  2. You guys are doing a fab job! My back hurts just looking at all the work. Those veggies are gonna taste great!!! Keep up the good work!!!

  3. Hi Connie,

    You sure have been busy! I hear you with the aching back thing. I'm not as young as I use to be (haa haa). Looks like you are going to have a fabulous vegetable garden and a wonderful patio. Glad to hear you can obtain free mulch these days. Enjoy some rest while you can.