Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The New Garden is Ready... for next spring!

Keith and I braved the cold weather last Saturday morning (28 degrees F when I checked at 8AM) to drive over to the dirt place (twice) to pick up a total of three and a half cubic yards of special soil to finish filling the last two raised garden beds.  Okay, so we didn't actually manage to leave the house until 9:45am, but I'm not sure that it warmed up all that much between 8AM and 10AM.

However, it warmed up A LOT (or maybe it was just me who warmed up) once I started shoveling dirt from the truck bed to the wheelbarrow.  Funny how that works, right?

Here's our finished vegetable garden.  It was a lot of work, but I'm really looking forward to the extra growing space next year.  There are six new raised garden beds, each 4 ft x 12 ft x 10 in.  The two beds on the left have have some lettuce, spinach, and Halloween-planted garlic, so we covered them up with straw for the winter.  We also covered all paths with cardboard (until we ran out) and straw.

Now I just need it to be next spring already so I can start planting the new garden!


meemsnyc said...

The raised beds look awesome! I need to find a place that sells straw here. It's really hard to find.

debiclegg said...

I can't wait til Spring to see these new beds filled with wonderful veggie plants.

Have you already started making your grids of what will grow where?

Sherri B. said...

I have so enjoyed you sharing your efforts, trials and rewards in your garden. I am looking forward to the spring to see what you have planned. Thank you for taking the time to include us.

Robin said...

Oh, all that hard work will be so rewarding next year!! The beds look great!! Are you planning what your are going to plant yet???

The Apple Pie Gal said...

Wow! That looks AMAZING! Very nice job! Can't wait to see it fill up!

thyme2garden said...

meemsnyc - thank you! I hope you can find straw in your area. I was lucky to discover that our dirt place sells bales of straw, too.

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debiclegg - me neither! I've started planning the grids, but there have already been a few changes and I suspect that there will be many more all winter long. :)

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Sherri B. - it's been so nice to have the encouragement of dear readers like yourself. Thank you so much for following and keeping up with our updates!

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Robin - I really hope so! I started planning already, but I suspect that I'll be making changes to my plans right up until the actual planting time. :)

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The Apple Pie Gal - thank you so much!

The Idiot Gardener said...

Good work; not go get yourself a beer.

By the way, 28 degrees F? That's summer!

Anonymous said...

That must have been a lot of work! I always feel so good after some shoveling, it is a great exercise.
Beds and paths look very professional. It will be a pure joy to start gardening in spring.

Veggie PAK said...

It looks GREAT! I think it shows the committment you both have given to it. I envision lots of great vegetables growing there for sure!
Very nice job! You should be proud of it.

Engineeredgarden said...

Well, I know you're thrilled to have the beds filled, because it was alot of work! It's gonna be awesome next spring...

Shawn Ann said...

That is a LOT of new space! You are going to have a lot of stuff next year huh? They look very nice and neat!

thyme2garden said...

TIG - As an ex-Californian, I'm fully aware of my weather-wimp status when it comes to truly cold winter weather!

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vrtlarica - thank you for the compliment! Shoveling is a good exercise and it does feel good afterwards once I get over the soreness! :)

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VeggiePAK - thank you so much!

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EG - I really hope the veggies grow well in their new home next year!

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Shawn Ann - I hope so, if they all grow properly the way they are supposed to!

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Those look amazing. What a great use of a side yard too!

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