Saturday, March 31, 2007

the fifth bed

finished today! started five years ago as a small flower bed, planted with corn last year as an unfinished 4x4, now properly sized, 8ft by 4ft, and edged with old wooden joists.
all five beds from the viewpoint 'standing on the garden bench'
a juvenile starling, observing.

9 comments:

peppylady said...

Look like you been busy and all very nice.
We don't real plant anything outside until May.
Maybe some root crops earlier.

Michael said...

Lots of room. I like that. After seeing Bonnie's squash growing in her apartment, I got worried they'd take over and kick her out! I'm glad to see you've also warned her, hopefully in time! ;-)

Imma ( Alice) said...

That looks gorgeous, Claire. The raised beds and all that green lawn. I would love to have raised beds. Had planed to put some in last year but didn't happen. Maybe this year?

clairesgarden said...

Peppylady, I havent anything to plant outside just now, starting stuff in the greenhouse I would hope to get it planted out in May too, we can have frosts here till then, its very frosty this morning but it'll warm up a bit by lunchtime.
Michael,I had a pumpkin take over a bed last year, never having grown them before I didn't expect the huge plant that grew. loved eating the pumkins though, had the last one in January. yum.
Alice, I have done them one at a time, over the last five or six years, mostly digging the bed and growing in it first before I have found wood for it, because i like to get it free and sometimes have to wait!

Madcap said...

Oh my gosh. What a beautiful sight! You're making me jealous, Claire!

clairesgarden said...

Madcapmum, are you not about to start making everybody jealous with your acres and acres? not five patches but five fields? ooohhh I'm jealous!!!

UKBob said...

That Leek looks good Claire.Did you have to buy the soil to fill the beds or did you manage to get it all from your own garden?

clairesgarden said...

thats my best leek, i've kept eating all the smaller ones but leaving that one!! the new bed is all my soil mixed with home made compost, it'll do the way it is and for next year will be topped up with manure and more compost. all the beds are my soil, home made compost and millions of manure because the soil is not great, I had a load of ten 'sand bags' worth of nice soil once from a friend who moved it to put in a shed, i think that mostly went on the flower beds though. the soil texture gets better year by year, but not by itself!!

Kerri said...

I'll bet you're itching to start planting. We actually had a slightly warmer day today and I was able to get some weeding and clean-up work done. It sure felt good to get out into the fresh air!
You got a great shot of the starling. I know they're not a very popular bird but I think they're rather cute with all their spots :)