It was 40 degrees when I woke up this morning. By noon it was nearly 80. This is not a typical spring day in Wisconsin! Since it was so nice out, I thought I would start prepping the garden space for our new raised bed victory garden.
Last July, the garden looked like this:
See that “pile” of weeds, that’s the garden. I have my work cut out for me.
All winter I have been reading about raised bed gardening. For our victory garden, I decided to combine two similar methods of raised bed gardening. We will be constructing a raised bed garden out of cinder blocks and then will be using the square foot gardening method. The two books I consulted are Cinder Block Gardens by Lynn Gillespie and All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew.
Before I can start constructing my garden however, I have to shape up the space:
Of course Leo was all ready and willing to help with stick removal.
I found lots of interesting things buried in the garden:
- 22 small square red pavers
- 8 green rectangle pavers
- 6 large square pavers
- many pieces of landscape timber
- 3 tomato cages
- 2 pieces of steel plate (price tags still on)
- a small piece of plastic cheese (seems like it might have been a magnet)
- a cup
- half a coconut
- black plastic edging (this stuff is everywhere around the yard)
- a stack of decomposing newspapers
- plastic chunks that looked like wood that were full of water (not sure what they were supposed to be for)
After curating my collection of stuff, I got busy snipping down the giant crop of invasive buckthorn trees. I started by getting them out of the chain link fence as best I could, but some of them will just have to be removed when I take out the garden fence to replace it with the new one because they are practically woven into it!
…and yes, buckthorn does have thorns. Which means I now have holes in yet another pair of work gloves!
At the end of the work day, I had several neat stacks of pavers, another can full of brush and then some, a sunburn (ouch!) and a much better looking garden space (though it is hard to tell from the photos)…
…and of course a thirsty dog.
It is supposed to be much colder tomorrow but for at least one day, we had a glimpse of summer. Hopefully the next time it gets that hot I will have the garden put together (and remember to wear sunscreen!)