Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Old fence = new garden box

Ryan, in his infinite cleverness, created a new garden box out of an old fence (generously given to us by best friend Denise). 

When we started the Memorial Day weekend, our front yard looked like this:

Ryan cut the salvaged fence boards into 4' long pieces.

He also used redwood posts that were salvaged from underneath our house during the foundation project, and voila!

 One hour later a raised bed nestled into our front yard. It's 4 x 4, eleven inches tall.

Yay for Ryan! We filled the raised bed with compost, straw, worm casings, coffee grounds, vermiculite, and perlite. You may notice there are no manures listed - that is on purpose! We are trying "veganic gardening." More on that in a future post.

We planted kale, okra, basil, and lettuce in the raised bed.

And, I removed all the grass from underneath the magnolia tree, and planted alpine strawberries, a pretty, edible ground cover. I hope the squirrels and critters aren't crazy too about them.

Next up - taming the wild, weedy western side yard! But until then, I look forward to relaxing under the magnolia tree.

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