The Garden is resting

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I have almost completely closed down the garden.  There is a bit of lettuce in the left half (as seen here) of bed #4.  Leaves, straw and grass clippings are mulching most of the beds.

The land here is on an incline.  The viewer’s perspective is the lowest point before stepping off into a creek. Beds 5 & 6 are about two or three feet higher up the hill than bed 1.  The creek flooded several times this year, completely covering over beds 1 and 2 and sometimes infiltrating the edges of beds 3 and 4.  That’s not so good for plants.

For the 2009 season:

  • Bed 1 will be removed.
  • The walls of bed 2 will be raised from 6 inches high to 18 inches high.
  • Beds 3 and 4 will be raised from 6 inches high to 12 or 14 inches high, whatever my measurements tell me after I get a water level out there.
  • Beds 5 and 6 will be raised a bit too…perhaps 4 or 6 inches higher.
  • Beds 7 and 8 will be added farther up towards the house, (creating the issue of there being no bed numbered 1) constructed of 2x6s or 2x8s.

There’s not a whole lot left to do except plan next year.

Elevation slope

This shot gives some idea of the gentle south-facing slope.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. I love posts like these. It’s so interesting to me to see your layout.
    I do see an awful lot of grass that you could turn into beds 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 & 15.
    Regarding the numbering, I’m thinking with 2009 you could turn over a whole new leaf, so to speak, and re-number all your beds. You could even go a bit wild and letter them, instead. You know…A, B, C, D…. :-)
    I love the planning part.
    Regarding your creek, have you thought about maybe planting rice in bed #1? (hee, hee)

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  2. Thanks for the comments Farmgirl_dk! I have to take baby steps to keep the rest of the family happy. My wife enjoyed the garden this year so much that the two beds I will be adding were her idea, but she doesn’t want me running wild and taking away all the lawn all at once. ;) We plan to add 4 small dwarf fruit trees to another part of the yard in the spring or next fall. Also probably going to do a row of 4 or 5 salad-planted straw bales against the low part of the fence. And I don’t know where we’re going to put in asparagus. :D

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