Sunday, May 3, 2009

How does your garden grow?

We've been busy with outdoor work this weekend, especially Chris. We borrowed a tiller from a neighbor to try to get the garden turned over. It's still a lot of work and the prospect of getting everything done and a garden planted was daunting, so Chris decided to try a planter box based on Square Foot Gardening. He has been busy building it today, so I will make sure he posts about it, along with the pictures I've taken. 
Another neighbor had tons of plant starts and offered some to us - several varieties of tomatoes, peppers, and basil. I'd also like to plant some beans and a few more herbs, plus maybe some spinach. I can't wait to get stuff planted!
I've been hauling logs from the tree we had cut down 2 years ago. We thought we would use some, but there is way too much, so we are offering free wood at our garage sale in 2 weeks. We just need to move a bunch to the driveway so people see it. I also spent some time digging out invasive honeysuckle plants. They are a pain, incredibly resilient and prolific. 
Chris decided a better use of the tiller was to work on the area we want to tile as a chess board (it will function as another patio). It needs leveling, but he did a lot of work on it yesterday. Of course, we used a bunch of the tiles for our front patio, so we need to buy more. 
We still have a ton of work to do, but it all doesn't have to happen this summer. One thing I would like to accomplish this summer is to really get a play area set up for the boys.

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