Finally no rain yet much today, so I went out back to prepare for next years vegetable garden I want.
I read in the Special Edition of "Birds&Blooms" that one could lay dark plastic on the grass over the winter and in spring the grass would be dead. I used extra large garbage bags and cut one side and bottom.
This is better for me because there is no deep digging. This magazine is fantastic. Packed full of all kinds of really good articles and tips on many pages. I can`t seem to find where it spoke of this though. I`m positive it was in there somewhere!
But while I was laying the plastic I spotted something freaky by the fence....
After getting up the nerve to investigate, I got the shovel and turned it over....
It was a stuffed animal. Whew!! It must be from one of the garage sales my sister had out here and Elvis swiped it. Weird. It looked like real wet fur and there were a couple of flies on it.
I went in the field and got some loads of bricks we stored there and wheel barrowed them over to frame it and hold the bags down.
So the whole thing will become a raised garden bed with bricks framing it. Not sure how high yet. This spot gets extemely wet when it rains, but the other side of the tree is even worse. It will need leveling after we get a load of dirt dumped in spring. I might even section it off with bricks. Grow different things in each one instead of the typical line rows.
It`s not that big, about 12 ft by 10 ft give or take, but a good start. I`m going to grow tomatoes in pots to save on room. And maybe plant some flowers around the tree. It still gets a lot of sun there, even with that tree there`s hardly any shade so the veg should do okay.
Then I planted the two small Heather plants I bought the other day that were staring at me in front of the grocery store. There were tons of them, but kind of expensive so I only took two. $4.99 for such a tiny thing. They need shelter so I put them here for now anyway.
I decided to plant some of the mums. Not sure if they`ll survive over winter, but it`s worth a try.I couldn`t plant the container because these were plastic ones.
Put the bright purple astors by the butterfly bush and the purpley pink mums too. I call it the purple corner. But looking at it, I think I may swap them around and have the darker farthest from the butterfly bush. It would look better I think.
Just left the rest that I had in back here down the end with the ones I`ve potted myself.
Now all that`s left to do is fertilize the soil. I read somewhere that sheep manure fertilizer really isn`t sheep manure. But regardless, it`s waiting for another day. Maybe tomorrow if it doesn`t rain all day.