Saturday, May 28, 2011

Garden Expansion

When I arrived home from work Thursday, K had removed the sod for a new 5x20 foot bed.


I recently brought up that I would like to expand the garden in the near future and thought adding to the south of the existing garden would be the best option. I was thinking maybe we would dig the new bed next week when I am on vacation. K decided to surprise me.


According to the neighbors, this part of the yard was garden space at one time. The soil seems to be in really good shape. I began working on shaking out the sod pieces today. No rocks or roots, but I did find a metal spoon and an old plastic plant marker for cauliflower that wasn’t mine. Proof that this soil had a greater purpose then just growing grass.


Before this expansion, the Garden Spot consisted of two in-ground garden beds and six 4x4 Square Foot Gardens amounting to around 500 square feet of growing space. The new bed will add 100 more.


It is going to be a busy weekend :)

19 comments:

  1. Looks like you will be busy this weekend! More garden space sounds like a good thing though. I'd like a bit more room, but I'm running out of sunny spots. From the looks of it, you've got plenty of room to grow your space.

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  2. AWESOME! So, what will you grow in your new space?

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  3. Holy crap, I had no idea your garden was that big! I'm anxious to see what you'll plant there.....

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  4. Looks like a great location and new beds are pretty wonderful to have! That's great that the soil has apparently been worked before -should make the initial heavy work to create the bed less challenging.

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  5. What a great surprise! I can scarcely get help doing simple chores like harvesting peas, so I'm a bit jealous!

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  6. I'm jealous. Yes I am. I need more garden space like I need another hole in the head, but I always want it anyway! If I could handle it, I'd double the space I have, but I'm even worse off than Muddytoes, as I have NO help in the garden!

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  7. Villager: This will be a busy weekend. The reason I hesitated to expand the garden before was sun exposure. This end of the yard does deal with more morning shade. The crabapple tree that is in bloom in the background will have one limb trimmed.

    Toni: I think I will move the squash to the new bed so that they can have more room to stretch out their vines. Extra tomatoes will be planted in the spot where the squash was planned. I haven’t figured out what else to plant yet. There are a lot of possibilities.

    EG: I never calculated the square footage until recently. Now that I am more interested in preserving a larger amount of what I grow, I am finding that I need more room.

    Laura: We finished shaking out the sod and tilled the new bed today. The soil is in wonderful shape. I want to use this bed to plant potatoes next year.

    Muddytoes: I am lucky; K likes to help out in the garden especially if it involves building something. Planting, watering, weeding, and harvesting are all me though. I won't have it any other way.

    Granny: K knows what makes me happy and truly does his best to help out with my gardening passion. It does come with a price sometimes. He tends to step into areas where things are planted, so I have to watch him :)

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  8. What a sweet gesture. I'd LOVE to come home to some areas that have had the sod removed (the absolute WORST part of any garden expansion!)
    Hope you made him cookies!
    :)

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  9. How sweet! There's nothing like the gift of hard labor. May you grow many hearty vegetables there this summer. It sounds like you've got good soil for it.

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  10. Help with the garden! Ah what a dream that is. I get help with the landscaping, but rarely the garden unless I beg.

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  11. Wow, did K use a sod cutter? It's amazing what you can do with one. The new bed looks like it was cut so neatly. I wish I had one one hand.

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  12. Wow, what an amazing amount of work. Bravo K. Big points scored for that effort. I can't wait to see what all that hard work produces. Very cool. And your yard is very enviable. Congrats!

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  13. Sue: I was absolutely thrilled and trust me, very thankful.

    Jody: He is a sweetie.

    Daphne: I am lucky. K is really helpful with garden projects.

    Chris: Thanks.

    Thomas: K used the border edger attachment to the Mantis tiller to cut through the sod and then used a shovel to remove it. He said it was pretty difficult.

    Sinfonian: Yeah, K scored big with this surprise. I have this garden planted up this weekend.

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  14. That is awesome, you have a really nice piece of property and your soil looks so fertile. That looks like a perfect bed to plant corn to me! :)

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  15. I totally get that impulse. Will you try some of the "permanent" growing things now that you have so much room? Asparagus, etc.?

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  16. Kris: It's funny you should say corn because that is what my neighbors said was planted down in this area of the garden. Maybe some day I will try corn.

    Stefaneener: I've been thinking of turning one of the raised beds into a partial asparagus bed. Maybe something to contemplate over next winter.

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  17. How nice of K to surprise you! That's a nice big sunny space to add to your garden. I can't wait to see what you plant in there!

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  18. What a beautiful and immaculate desodding job! Very impressive! And I'm totally jealous of any new garden space... looks like you'll have no trouble filling the space.

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