Creating a New Garden Update

The new garden build is coming along nicely even if it does feel like it’s taking a long time.

We had the long Memorial Day weekend to devote to the garden and it felt so good.   More shoveling of wood chips, building raised beds, testing the creation process of an 18 day grass compost, building and painting a new picnic table, etc.

The garden is a  big investment in time, energy and money but because the land here is only good for raising tobacco or soybean there is little choice but to build a garden area from scratch.

The ideal would be to plant earth creating plants such as winter rye and clover, add wood chips and leaf mold and wait a few years until it becomes suitable soil for gardening food.

We will use that method later to build the market garden.  In the meantime our raised bed garden should provide all the food we need for the coming year, in addition to the chicks (which arrive next week) which will provide meat, eggs and new chicks for next year.

For dinner we roasted organic chicken in the grill, wild rice and our first home grown spinach.

I roasted the 3 lb organic pastured chicken stuffed with a half onion and herbs, and laid thick sliced bacon strips over its breast and legs.  Then it was set onto thick onion slices set on the bottom of a cast iron skillet (the onion slices act as a trivet) and roasted on the grill at 350-375F for about an hour.

The bacon strips keep helps keep the chicken juicy and are removed for the last half hour of roasting.  The combination of the chicken juices, bacon grease and onion makes an fantastic au jus for basting during the last half hour of roasting.  Yum!

The spinach was delicious.   It was full of flavor and not coarse or gritty like store bought.  I steamed it with a bit of salt, pepper and garlic.

First harvest: Broad leaf Spinach
Peas, zucchini, summer squash, peppers and carrots.  Beneath the blue tarp is the 18 day grass compost I am experimenting with.
tomatoes, beans and marigolds
cow panel trellising for cucumbers and beans; herbs beneath
New raised beds being built. These four deep boxes are for potatoes, sweet potatoes, and strawberries.
Cow panel trellising connects raised beds for cucumbers and pole beans. The beds beneath the trellis is home to perennial herbs.
Eventually all the pathways between the beds will be heavily mulched with wood chips.
The tomato patch. 20′ rows of tomatoes, bush beans and marigolds.
Red plastic drinking cups protect from cut-worms, and the heavy mulch keeps weeds from becoming a nuisance.

5 thoughts on “Creating a New Garden Update”

  1. Lovely looking spinach. Wow, lots of work in there to establish the beds and trellises but it is good to build it properly from the beginning. You’ll have muscles on your muscles at this rate, lol! Good luck with your compost experiment.

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  2. What a feeling of satisfaction you must get Kath as you look out over the product of all of your toil. It is a great credit to you to have achieved so much. I understand the frustrations of having terrible soil and needing to build on top of it to get anything at all growing. What a massive task you have undertaken! Well done.

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  3. What a feeling of satisfaction you must get Kath as you look out over the product of all of your toil. It is a great credit to you to have achieved so much. I understand the frustrations of having terrible soil and needing to build on top of it to get anything at all growing. What a massive task you have undertaken! Well done.

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