Well, that is to say it will be OUR best garden ever. Right before Christmas John started building our garden. With several acres to work with, the first decision was where to place it. Close to where the hose is for sure – no one wants to depend on the rain or shlep the watering cans! I thought I’d want it close to where the house is going to be, but it is actually too early to tell where the best spot for that will be, and also there is no water set up there yet. Okay, so close to the garage and close to the Crab Shack.
This will actually be our first raised bed garden! We had a small garden on Long Island when we were first married, and because the ground was so easy to work, and we had the sun all day long, and I suspect because it was small enough that it wasn’t overwhelming, that was our best garden so far. We had a large garden in Pennsylvania when we lived there, but the soil was as hard as rocks. It actually was all rock. We worked some areas of it, and things grew, but as you can imagine, they struggled.
Our garden in New Jersey was manageable enough, and we worked in a lot of good soil, but once all the trees bloomed, it was too shady for any award-winning vegetables. I usually did pretty well with herbs, had plenty of basil for my pesto, but the tomatoes and peppers were …eh, just okay.
But we have very high hopes for this garden. John and Mark (our friend) put shells down on the “floor” of the garden to also discourage weeds. I love to garden, but I don’t like weeding. And I’ll try anything to avoid having to do it.
Then John started on building the boxes. And I started researching what we were going to plant, planting dates, how much room plants need for good root growth, along with soil and fertilizing requirements. What fun!
By the time we finish for this our first year, with all the lumber, the shells, the soil and the plants and seeds, our first tomato will have cost us $1,000!
We have one more large box to build, and two more waist-high ones. Then our garden will be complete. I’ve already planted a few cool weather things, garlic, peas, and a few rows of arugula. Isn’t it cute?
I’ll keep you posted as to our progress. And I’d love to hear about your gardening plans!