We built and filled a few more boxes on Monday (Memorial Day), though the soil was wet from a few days of rain so it was heavy work. We’ve still enough soil to fill another few, and enough wood for at least 1 more box, so we’ll have to play it by ear.
I mowed the lawn again, fully expecting to be able to drive the mower between the boxes, forgetting entirely that there’s a metal rail under the shoot and the entire thing, therefore, is 2-4″ too wide. Darn. Well, we’d planned on putting something down between the beds eventually… this just makes it sooner. Perhaps I’ll make it through this summer with the little reel mower and save up my pennies and ideas for next summer. We still need to acquire/put up a fence around the garden, yet, and fencing is pricey.
Today, with loads of sunshine and warm weather, I’ve planted actual plants in the garden. Since I didn’t know how big a garden I’d have this year, I didn’t start my own seedlings, and had to buy them from a local nursery (same place we bought our fruit trees). I put in a bed of various peppers (thai, jalepeno, habanero, and two bell’s), a bed of yellow and white onions (never done onions before), and a mixed bed with pumpkin, lettuce, kale, cilantro, dill, and some melon and summer squash seeds I had. I also planted some cucumber seeds. I have tomatoes, but they got so big at the nursery that I don’t feel comfortable planting them until we’ve got their trellis set up (this weekend. I’ve set aside 2 beds for them (24 plants plus 3 little cherries that I planted today but which were quite small and are likely more bush-oriented).
Of the five boxes shown, closest to furthest, is strawberries, onions & cucumbers, peppers/pumpkin/squash/lettuce/kale/herbs, strawberries. I’m putting tomatoes in the two beds beds that are opposite each other, aligned perpendicularly.