Tuesday, May 15, 2012

New Garden Beds......again.

Just when I think I've finally got enough space in the veg garden, I go and decide that we're never going to be able to find sweet potato starts this year and I plant carrots and basil where the sweet potatoes would have gone.

And then a good friend calls to say that she found some sweet potato starts and hurry over there before they're gone.  

So we had to go get some because last year we didn't get any sweet potatoes and it would have been two whole years in a row without our own sweet potatoes and that wold have been bad.

The girls don't agree.


So I looked at Eric and said, 'I think we need another bed.' and he didn't even flinch.   He said, 'Let's do it.' 

And I wanted to cry because I'm a little tired of digging and hauling gravel this year already.

Enough already!

So we called Quincy to get more gravel and sand because we had finished the last loads.  

Just FYI, there are over 7 tons of gravel and sand each when he delivers.   That means that we have moved 7 tons of gravel by hand since January.  And 7 tons of sand since last summer.  

By.  Hand. 

As in, one shovel full at a time.

I should be totally buff.


The story is the same.    This is what it looked like before we started.   I didn't get a Before pic, because I was too busy digging already and I wanted to get it over with. 

First we have to decide where we want it, then we have to dig the grass out.   See all that grass to the front and left of the potato towers?     It had to go. 

I did it all in one 5 hour shift.  

Tip:  Take motrin before you start.   It helps.  

After I dug the grass out, I have to carve the clay down so it's smooth and the water drains right.

The grass in the center rectangle got covered by the sweet potato bed, some more geotextile and 12 inches of sand and chicken dirt.   I didn't bother digging it out. 

After we line the paths with geotextile to keep the weeds down, then we load the paths full of gravel.   Eric did the vast majority of gravel hauling.     Vast majority.  

And he loaded the bed full of sand and chicken dirt.

Then I planted the sweet potatoes.

Then we surrounded the whole blasted garden with deer fence to keep things out.  It works pretty darn well.  Too bad deer fence won't keep the weeds out.  

That pool ladder in the middle of the garden is an extra we had around so I put it to use to hold the sprinkler.    Works like a charm - easy to drag around and keeps the sprinkler high.  

The end.  


  1. I think you should build beds all the way down to the beehives. Then they could have some 'fast food' right down the street. Wow. Those are a lot of beds. Where did you find sweet potato starts?

    1. Got them at Bloomingfoods, east side. Next year, I'm calling Mays in March and having them reserve some for me.

  2. I LIVE BY "take Motrin before you start."

    I think I need to lie down after reading this post.

  3. Oh, and I should mention that I've bookmarked your site. Love your garden and can't wait to see what you do with all that veg!

  4. Everything looks great!! Good luck!

  5. As I've said before: you guys are incredible! Thanks for the idea of what to do with the pool ladder. We have an extra one sitting around that hubby was going to toss...but now we can make it useful again. ;)

  6. Pool ladder = genius.
    The rest of it = my whole body hurts reading this. I am a wimp. And that is why I live in the 'burbs.
    Can't wait to see all this grown out in mid-summer.


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