The beginning

Posted by EricaGardens on December 18, 2011 at 6:06 pm.
I am going to tackle it in small bits, a little at a time, and I am going to take the time to do a lot of planning before I break out the shovels. My usually modus operandi is to dig first and ask questions later. So let’s look at what we’ve got to work with, shall we?

Well here it is. The 25 x 90 foot parcel of lawn that is the future home of the garden. This plot is on the south end of our property, bordering Buddhist Temple (the building in the background). This plot has sat barren for the past six years while we saved up the cash to get it surveyed and then to build a fence.

And here is it! We tackled  the fence this past summer and I really  love  how it turned out. I plan on using the posts to trellis hops, and other vining plants, as well as hanging baskets and hummingbird feeders.

Prepping the site:
I have started solarizing (more on that later), collecting cardboard, and letting my straw bales decompose over the winter in preparation for the creating pathways. This spring, hopefully around late February/early March I will start building my raised beds and get the soil delivered, as well has getting the cedar trees limbed to let in more sunlight.

So now comes the fun part. Deciding that to grow and where to grow it. I have a lot of space to work with and I also need to think about watering and how exactly I am going to handle that.  It’s time to break out the graph paper and rulers (or Photoshop) and get to planning! There’s so much to do! But that’s not all…now that the garden is moving I have to figure out what to do in it’s old location:

I am leaning towards building a Pergola for the picnic table, and a cob oven for pizzas. Outdoor kitchen! However it turns out, I see a lot of sore backs in my future.

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