Saturday, February 20, 2010

Mid February Progress Update

One Month Later

Progress has been made, with a week off here and their due to rain and drying times. The fence now goes completely around the garden. Two gates are in but we need one more, craigslist deal I hope! We ran out of the free fencing we were using, and ran out of the left over chainlink, we may end up buying some welded wire, but I really wanted to wait until next year so we could easily make layout changes.
One thing different from a month ago, the tree behind my mom is missing now. It turned out that the tree she wanted to save was totally dead and rotten. I leaned up against it, and it moved....moved a LOT. It had one side with a root runner that was still alive, but I think Mom could have pushed the tree over on her own. On the far side of the top photo, you can see the artichoke plants and across the garden. We filled 4 trash cans with boysen berry canes, we probably will have one more can full by the time we finish digging up the runners. But it is progress. On the downside, I counted over 20 medium sized tree stumps to dig out....ugh

We moved a couple of chairs down and saved a couple of vintage things to use in the flower beds to come. The old Orchard ladder and orchard box truck are going to be covered in sweet pea vines.

At home, I have cups of seeds to start for the flower border on the outside of the garden fence. It has to be plants that either chickens don't want to eat or can put up with some 2 legged cultivators.....

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Progress January

Spring does not wait on us...........

Clearing and out transforming an overgrown and neglected garden of this size is a serious project, it is easy to spend a day working and be exhausted at the end of the day. When you look back, you have to remind yourself there was progress, even if your not sure the neighbors would agree.

We had a week of rain and then it took some time for the ground to dry so we can walk in it again. But this past week, about a dozen smaller tree stumps were pulled up, dirt was shoveled from a high part that wanted to dump dirt in the street in the rain and instead used to fill a part that was too low.

Two more loads of branches, the too big or crooked for the chipper and too small to cut for free firewood made it to the transfer station to be chipped up for some one else to use. A load of old wood and lumber went off to be ground up too.

For this first year, we are using plastic fencing, recycled from a finished school project and found by the side of the road. We will see if we like the lay out of the garden this year and then use a more durable fencing next year.

Of course we have a lot of extra help, the hens hoping for a worm to be turned over and they help us distribute the fresh dirt.