Gardening, Preparation II
It is finally warm enough in Anchorage for plants to start growing! The summers here are so short, and the winters so long. It snowed on May 17th; I was not amused. However, I am now confident that summer is now here and I have constructed my garden bed for my little veggie garden!
I constructed it very simply and without any real knowledge of what exactly I was supposed to do. I don’t know anything about gardening or plants, but did what made sense to me. So get ready for not-so-good pictures, and not-so-good garden making!
I took four old 6ft fence posts that I had in my yard and nailed them together in the shape of a square.
Then I used newspaper to line the bottom since I heard that it helps kill the old grass so that it doesn’t pop up in the garden. Zorro wasn’t too helpful . . .
Once the newspaper lined the bottom I sprinkled it with some water so that it would stay in place.
Then I piled on top some sticks and leaves which I had raked up the day before. I figured that this would be a good to do, to provide drainage and good nutrients in the soil.
I also had some ashes from a wood burning chiminea so I sprinkled a bit of that on top as well. I just remember hearing once that ashes are good for soil and plants and help things grow. But once, again, I don’t know if this was a smart idea. Once that was done, I cut open my bags of store bought dirt and spread it evenly on top. (I used 8 cubic feet of soil for my 36 sq. foot garden bed.)
Two types of carrots, radishes, snow peas, parsley, and cauliflower were the vegetables which I planted into the soil. Between my inexperience, the weather conditions, and Zorro’s insistence on not walking around the bed it will be a miracle if anything grows.