I've been busy working in the garden for the last week. I had to revamp all my raised beds. I had filled them last year with top soil from the local hardware store and it was crappy soil! 2 of the beds had gotten rock hard, I mean I literally could not get a shovel into them.
So I used my cool new mini-tiller to break up the beds, then I shoveled half the dirt out of each one and filled it back in with compost and manure. I then used my cool new tiller to till the compost in and I planted them. I have 5 raised beds, 3 will be seasonal and 2 are permanent plantings.
Strawberries (one of the permanent beds)
Asparagus, it still needs more compost worked in before I plant it.
Beans, oops looks like this one could have used a bit more compost.
The neighbor came and tilled the big garden. I've been working compost into it with the tiller. The dirt was rock hard and in big clumps so I wasn't having a lot of success, but it rained today so the ground will be softer and I should be able to really work it in a few days. Then I'll plant it with corn, tomatoes and more beans for now. Other things will follow as the season progresses.
The big garden is going to get broken into 2 halves, if you read my blog last year, you'll remember I had a good half and a bad half. The good half is the half I'm working compost into and will get my vegetables. The bad half is going to get permanent plantings. It will be all the berries and a few fruit trees. That way I can just mulch it really well and leave it be from now on. I still have to put in all those plantings.
The butterfly garden needs 2 more plants and it is done. I just haven't been able to find the plants yet.
I think I'm on track to have all my planting done in the next 2-3 weeks. Then I'll just have the fun of watering!