We are pretty much spending all our time working on the garden lately so that's what I'll be writing about for a while, hope you don't mind. I will also be planning my son's lessons around it as well. I've got some before and after photos for you today.
I decided to put our vegetable garden just off the patio in a raised bed. Unfortunately this area was the over grown spot you see above. So why did I choose it? Well, this is the only area around the edge of the yard that I can be sure I haven't buried any pets or animals.
After twenty years in veterinary medicine, I have buried more than my fair share of wildlife and pets that didn't make it. Some the graves are marked by a special plant, but most are not. Also, I did not want to put the planting bed out in the open area because then the dogs would be sure to run through it.
After a week of digging and chopping, it's finally cleared. I had to move two medium sized Privet trunks and a large Split Leaf Philodendron. Now I'm busy digging out roots and turning the soil. My hands feels like they have been smashed with a hammer right now, thanks to all the pulling and shovel grasping. So far I have dug out three piles of roots. I've got the blisters to prove it!
Next step will be to build the bed's sides. I will be using an assortment of odds and ends for this. I have some stones I will stack up on one end and some low vinyl edging sections too. I could go buy some cedar planks, but I'd rather make use of what I have. So what if it looks a little odd, all is has to do is hold dirt, right?