I wasn’t going to buy seeds this year with the expense of putting in the raised beds and all. Started lots of leftover seeds we’ve kept in the freezer. The kid and I enjoyed it- good fun.
But somehow the seedlings got COMPLETELY infested with spiders. Hundreds of tiny spiders all over the seedlings spinning strangling webs at seemingly miles per second. It was to the point that there were dozens spiders on the ceiling and to kill them I sprayed the ceiling with vinegar but then a dead vinegar-soaked spider landed in my eye. Gardening is dangerous.
The seedlings I flung out the second story sunroom window. Scared the shit out of the chickens- they are used to only bread and vegetable scraps crashing down around them, not flats of spider infested potting soil.
So we will not be starting everything from leftover seeds this year and I had to buy more seeds because we used up everything that needed to be started already. And of course I had to buy even more seeds than necessary because the packages are pretty and omgilikeprettypackages. And the little potted herbs are so cute, how could one resist? Best to get one of each. And the raised beds still don’t even have dirt in them. Oh dear… I think this should be considered a rebuilding year.
and my hill will look like this forever. I want to install the raised beds and matching compost bin (yes – I built another one.) I want to have 3 cubic of dirt and 7 cubic yards of mulch delivered by a company called Chicken Brain Hauling. I want to carry it all down the hill in Rubbermaid tubs and hopefully not kill myself. but it just.won’t.stop.raining.
I came across a good deal on cedar today that made planning and pricing the raised beds I want to put in easy-peasy: 1x6x6 boards for $3 each. Apparently they are leftovers from the mill that are made after the bigger pieces are cut. They’re supposed to be fencing but lumberyard dude suggested them for this use as well and it makes good sense to me, especially since the 2x10s that I was lusting after were $4.59 a foot. (Is it normal to lust after lumber?) At $3 a board, I’m going to build 3 beds, each 3x6x18″ and a 3x3x3 compost bin for a grand total of about $230. Can’t beat it.
The best part is that, by my very feeble math calculations, each bed will hold 1 cubic yard of dirt. That’s my kind of planning – round numbers suit my needs. Cost for 3 cubic yards of compost/ soil blend comes in right at about $100. This is clearly meant to be.
Oh – the picture – this is what happens when I try to make an actual plan – raised beds become Dragon Battle Land. It happens. Maybe the dragons will keep the tomatoes warm.
Sources: Paul Lumber and AgRecycle
As things begin to thaw again (hopefully for the last time), I’m wondering – is it possible to build a combination of raised beds and terrace at the same time? A stacking terrace sort of thing with lots of new soil? Because this is what our hill is made of…and it would be best if our fence didn’t fall down the hill.