As if Building a Chicken House Wasn't Enough...

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

It's time to DIG... not a grave... although all of us may need one by the time all the labor is done! (How handy, a cemetary next door...) No, it's time to put in the garden. Even Grace tried to help with her little shovel and rake. But, I should note that this isn't just any garden. This is a very special garden - designed to produce more in less space - designed to reduce weeding and the amount of water necessary for the plants - designed to be MY KIND OF GARDEN! Terry put his in last year under this same concept - Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew. Here's a link to his site. He has books you can purchase as well.
The whole concept is actually quite genius. Build (or dig) "squares" of about 4'x4'. The squares don't have to be fancy or decorative like the website shows... unless you're just wanting them to look that way. Once your squares are filled w/ good soil & fertilizer, it's rock free, virtually weed free, easy to work in, easy to water, I could go on & on. So, you just need sets of 4'x4' squares in numbers that would accomadate your harvest.
OK, commercial over. It really is a neat idea. Terry loves his garden and says it is so easy to work in... year after year. The initial setup is the labor intensive part... but not after that. One time-hard work. Then, for years on it's just a matter of turning the loose easy-to-churn soil and planting. Ta da!

Enough about the garden though. Next up this week is, well, fixing the drive-way... excessive rain does wonders to a gravel driveway running up the side of a hill. But what I'm excited about is the upcoming painting that I'll get to start doing to the chicken house wall panels & trim pieces. Courtney assures me they'll be ready soon... i.e. this weekend. I went to Lowe's and bought my paints and am chomping at the bit to paint the "ladies'" house. It will be so darn cute!


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