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Me and my pricey garden

May 20th, 2007 at 04:09 pm

Some of you may recall that I recently invested in a composting bin. It's about a quarter full and is slowly producing compost.

In the meantime, I'm busy preparing the vegetable garden for planting. This means hauling bags of compost and peat moss from the garden store home since I don't have enough organic material on hand this year. Because I'm experimenting with lasagna gardening -- and because some wannabe greenthumb built five huge raised beds in my back yard years ago (I must have been optimistic when I did this...) -- this has been a costly endeavor.

So far, I've spent $200 on material for two of the three beds. I ran out of compost today, so I have decided to experiment with the other beds by throwing plain grass clippings in whenever the "recipe" calls for "compost."

I've already planted snap peas, lettuce and arugula in one bed; and they are coming up. I also stuck five tomato plants in the ground today. My plan is to continue working on the clean up of the other beds this week and get everything planted by Memorial Day.

Once there is no evidence of weeds, dog poop or muddy kids, I'll share pictures with all of you.

1 Responses to “Me and my pricey garden”

  1. LuckyRobin Says:

    Can you get a bale of straw? If you mix your straw (not hay, it has weed seeds) and grass clippings together it would make a good base for your lasagna gardening. It is always good to have the brown dead stuff like straw to mix in with the green fresh stuff like grass, and add in any veggie kitchen scraps as you make that bottom layer. Its sort of in place composting. Then dump the topsoil on top. I did that with a new flower bed I built, oh three years ago now, and it has been the happiest flowerbed of them all.

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