Two new 4x8 ft raised beds made of cedar 2x6's and treated with tung oil.
This hot, sunny corner of the backyard was dubbed "England" by our oldest 5 years ago and the name stuck. But it has been our junk area since we moved into the house. Well no longer! I've been gradually trying to clean it up over the last couple of years and finally this year, I decided it was time. My husband was ordered to build me some boxes (which he happily did with a few new tools!), and voila!
I wanted to get this spot ready now for a couple of reasons:
- I need to empty my compost bins but where to put it all? This time of year is not a good time for spreading it on the garden - the perennials are all too big and it's difficult to get around them without making a mess. Spring is the time for topdressing with compost in my opinion, but in the meantime, I will soon need space to start putting the dead plant material this fall. Note that I would not recommend using pure compost to fill a raised bed for perennials! But anyway I believe my compost bins have quite a bit of soil in them too, due to all the sod I've removed over the last few years.
- I want at least to get my own compost in place so it can settle over the winter and then I can top it up (with purchased composted manure and soil) and plant as early as possible next spring (laying the patio stones etc can be finished whenever!) I'll be putting hoops and plastic sheets on top of these boxes in spring to build little greenhouses.
This is the most veggie garden space I've had since we moved to our current house 6 years ago, and I've never had raised beds and hoop houses before. Man, am I excited! I'll be studying a lot of veggie seed catalogues this winter, let me tell ya!
Other women I know get excited about shopping/TV shows/jewelry. I get excited about this? Is something wrong with me?
What are your favourite vegetables to grow in Calgary?