Year two of our garden is bound to be a better crop than last year. We fought clay soil, deluges and then drought like temperatures. First, thing first most of our garden budget this year went to dirt. There’s nothing worst than having to buy compost or dirt when you have acreage. Somewhere on this property I imagine a lush pot of black beautiful dirt. If it’s not gravel than it’s just clay. Sometimes, I think I should hang up my gardening gloves and start throwing pottery again with the mounds of clay in the soil.
So, first up a big thank you to Big Tree Nursery and Landscaping for bringing us two truckloads of compost last night. I recently finished up a website for the business. I’ve been working with Kelly Waggoner for a few years now. Go check out their website. They’ll be updating it with some new photos soon.
First load of sweet nectar delivered. . . that just wouldn’t do. I needed more!
That’s what two dump trucks of compost looks like. Beautiful isn’t it!
Another big change to the garden… raised beds. Since our soil is less than ideal we just went for raised beds for the potager garden. We plant mostly heirloom seeds that we grow ourselves. We work with companion plants to try and keep pests at bay. Like onions deter most pests and tomatoes repel caterpillars from chewing your cabbage plants.
You see this baby of love. It’s a celery plant that actually survived over winter.
Chives, White Onions, Brussel Sprouts
Romain Lettuce and soon to be Tomatoes
Beans and Radishes