In between all the rain, the second raised vegetable bed has finally been built and filled with earth and compost. The wood came from a neighbour - traded for a couple of boxes of cut up firewood we had left over from the winter (see my post on Simple Heating). The two boxes are approx 4ft x 16ft each. Since both beds are "raised" the drainage has been great -- especially with all the rain we've had. So many farmers here are having a hard time as the seeds planted are starting to rot in the ground. I may think differently about my raised beds when it comes mid summer time, if we get the hot dry summer that is predicted. However, we've been collecting the rain water in the various rain barrels we have surrounding our house and the "free" water will be there when we need it.
Tomato, red/green pepper plants that were started inside in early spring are now planted too (see my earlier post on starting seeds), along with some herbs - basil, lemon thyme, tarragon and parsley. The seeds planted outside a couple of weeks ago are already breaking through the earth - radishes, spinach, swiss chard, lettuce and peas.
The first crop of oregano has been cut and dried - ready to use in sauces and soups. Sticks and branches were placed across the bed to deter our cat from using it as her outdoor litter box !
The perennial beds are another story ! With all the rain, they are thriving too and it's been hard to spend any proper time thinning them out as they've become overgrown and crowded. I started a new perennial bed in the front yard, soon to be a new home for those perennials which have gotten too big in their current spots.
It's amazing how much you can grow in a small space in your own backyard. I'll be posting new photos as the garden progresses throughout the summer.
The only limit to your garden is at the boundaries of your imagination.
Thomas D. Church