We are a yard-challenged family. In the 9 years we’ve lived in our home, we’ve had two successful tomato plants. Our front landscaping was a fancy 3-foot thistle-scape until I finally threw down a thick layer of newspapers under mulch last fall. The door-to-door poison-peddler who offered to kill all the weeds in our lawn for $100 quickly retreated when I asked him why I’d want to kill everything green in the yard. The brick “patio” out the back door has been sinking at a rate of 27 inches per year since we’ve lived here. Do the math, and then step carefully – a misstep could result in a fall through the Earth to the Indian Ocean.
But we’re slowly moving in a positive direction – a mason repaired our crumbling front stoop, a painter will put a much-needed coat on the house this summer, and we are executing a Plan. Vegetables 2011 is underway.
I have managed to make the addition of 2 raised vegetable beds as labor-intensive as possible. This isn’t entirely my fault. We wanted to put brick around them so
Kyle we can run a mower along the edges. We also needed to save the sod to fill in the former patio area, which is also the origin of the bricks and sand we’re using. I’m hoping that at least the placement of the boxes will make life easier – with them so close to the house, they should be impossible to forget about and easy to water.
We’ve spent multiple days digging and moving sod and shoveling sand and leveling bricks. Every muscle I have aches in a most wonderful way. Kyle made two 4′ x 8′ boxes out of 1″x8″ cedar. We filled the first one with 10″ of mushroom compost tonight. Half of the grass in the foreground of the photo was moved there by me (not the dead sections – those are Punkin’s contribution to the yard). The boys have delighted in days of playing in the yard – thank goodness for the playhouse! We still have a long way to go with box #2, but I can almost taste the tomatoes. I can already tell that this is going to be our decade.