a new bed

08 Jul

Beds are for sleeping in. Beds are for humans. Other beds are for flowers and these are for growing things in…Keep these simple rules in your head and you will not end up planting a sunflower in your queen size matress or wake up and realize that the rhubarb is in fact, not a pillow. Live and and learn. I wish someone had explained these simple rules to me whan I was 16…would have saved me from some uncomfortable sleeps..but I did meet some wonderful wildlife…but I digress.

A* and I have most of the work done on the 2 flower beds that we already had..1 of the beds we improved and put in more soil and compost..the other we created from nothing so that we had more room to plant flowers, shrubs and ants. WIth those projects mostly out of the way we wanted something closer to the house. Most of the trees and shrubs had been taken away from teh house so we wanted to start bringing things closer to home..and this flower garden would accomplish that. We wanted to use one of the trees that we bought 2 weeks ago as a focal point of the bed but we did not want a traditional box..instead we followed the contours of the land so that we would fill in all of the low spots and create a bed at the same time.

Initially when we were talking about doing this work we laid out an area with some clothes-line..but as the summer progressed the grass covered over everything so yesterday we went out and found some garden stones and created an outline for the bed:

before flower bed...and post rear hubcap...laid out..if you build it flowers and shrubs will come...with a coop in progress..with 1 of the Nookta trees planted

..laid out..if you build it flowers and shrubs will come...with a coop in progress..this was taken a month after she did it

Nothing too complicated but it should do the trick..A* is a teacher and is off for the when I got home today I had a suprise waiting for me..the garden bed was done! Usually A* leave the heavy lifting to me but she took it upon herself to ge the job done and it looks great..there are still sods all over the place and there is not enough dirt and compost in the bed..but its a start!

this was taken a month after she did it..the place was a mess and I did not want to give you the wrong impression...a more finalized coop in the background too.

..the trellise is a trial version..I am planning on making a driftwood version in the spring...that is a 10 minute trellise..if that is how you spell it. The chickens often hang out under the birdfeeder waiting for a sunflower seed to drop..courtesy of the picky nuthatches.

We have plans for 2 more beds next spring..but its going to have to wait to get started..the space for the beds is currently being occupied by 4 cords of wood that need to be split.


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