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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Wanna see my new vegetable garden?

The day I went out to plant peas, I realized the vegetable garden was filled with blooming purple deadnettle and not quite ready for planting.

I got the bright idea to use a weed-whacker to at least cut back the flowers of the deadnettle to keep it from setting seed.

Then I had an even brighter idea. I decided to hire someone to clear the garden and level it off.

Then I had the brightest of ideas. I decided to have the same crew build raised beds with concrete edgers.

Now the vegetable garden is all laid out and ready to plant.
I could not be happier or more eager to plant. It's like Christmas, my birthday, and May, all rolled into one for this gardener.

28 comments:

Karin / Southern Meadows said...

Oh I do know how you feel...sometimes it is just easier to hire the work out. Your raised beds are fabulous! Definitely something to celebrate! Now you have that much more time to plant! Happy sowing!

Wendy said...

Wow - Fantastic! I'd definitely feel like it was all those special dates rolled into one. perfect timing too!

Fairegarden said...

It's wonderful, Carol. You have some brilliant ideas there!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

This is great Carol. A spring that you will always remember with this gift of a beautiful as well as functional new veggie garden.

Lea said...

It is beautiful! Time is flying - May will be here soon!
I'm pushing the envelope here south of you - setting out tomato plants while our night temperatures are still in the 40s. There is still a chance of frost in April. I just can't wait any longer!
Have a great day!
Lea
Lea's Menagerie

Layanee said...

Five pictures? Love them, love the new, pristine beds. Can't wait to see the bounty.

Darla said...

These look like excellent ideas here....I have plenty of ideas, they just don't all get executed.

Amy - Get Busy Gardening said...

Looks wonderful! Hiring people to do the work is brilliant! Good for you.

Amy

Kali said...

My brother just made raised beds out of concrete blocks. He used cinder blocks and then is going to plants flowers and herbs in the square hollow portion of the blocks.

Joani said...

Can't wait to see all the growth in these beds. I'd hire someone too. Thanks for sharing.

Yvonne said...

Wow, this is great! It looks wonderful now and I know it will look greater with plants soon.

Birdwoman said...

Raised beds are definitely the way to go. You were very smart to do this and will reap the rewards for years to come.

Beth said...

Raised bed = warmer soil, fewer weeds, a more organized garden, a happy gardener!

spurge said...

Wow what an impressive layout! Your veggies are sure to be happy in their renovated home :-)

Carol Cichorski said...

Hmmm...the area was 'not quite ready'. Perhaps a bit of an understatement?

Anonymous said...

I am green with envy!!!!

Deirdre

Heather said...

It looks awesome. Hiring out is wonderful (and smart).

africanaussie said...

Oh wow that looks impressive - and it looks as though the beds were filled with lovely compost too!

Katie E-P said...

Wow! Livin' large. Swank!

Kathy said...

Every time I get a big project done, I feel the same way: Christmas, my birthday, and the month of-well, here, it might be June! I'm thrilled for you!

DJ/Meander Mountain said...

This post seems a good follow-up to the one you wrote about "gardening at the speed of contemplation". I think that getting help with projects sometimes is a good thing; it takes away some of the pressure that comes with trying to do it all. That freedom has to be good for the creative process!

Shyrlene said...

Wow!! That is incredible! Those pavers make awesome walls for your raised garden beds. Can't wait to see the 'fruits' (or veggies as it may be!) of your labor!

Sri Ranjani said...

Wow... Now there's a great start. I will be following your blog to see what all you will grow in your new raised beds.

Lancashire rose said...

Amazing that you got the fairies to do all that work. WIll they be helping you plant it too?

greggo said...

Large!

Cathryn said...

Wonderful what a little(or a lot) money will do!

garden girl said...

Looks great Carol! I just can't say enough about using pavers for raised beds. So much prettier than wood, they last forever, hold heat that helps warm the soil in the spring and keeps it warmer later in the fall, and they're so easy to re-configure. We have only two raised beds, one in each sunny side yard. The one that's bordered by my husband's precious lawn is gradually expanded by an extra foot (four pavers,) each year, and so far he hasn't noticed! ;)

Christina said...

Perfect! I love vegetable gardens with a bed system, no more digging, using less water, putting compost just where it's needed and not on the paths, Great. AND it looks beautiful too! Well done. Christina