I know it seems a bit early, but for the past few weeks I’ve been preparing our garden for spring planting. I removed the last of the fall plants (collards, cabbage, and broccoli.) Then I tilled in the leaves that I had spread in the areas that I intend to plant. I spent a whole day shoveling and spreading dried horse manure. And, of course, I sent off a soil sample to the county extension agency. They analyze the soil and send back recommendations. This is a must if you are going to plant a vegetable garden.
I had promised my sister-in-law Jean that I would build her 2 raised beds in our garden. She has a green thumb and really enjoys growing things. You may remember a post Jane did about her potting bench, but if you missed it, click here.
I’m really sold on raised beds. Last spring we built 8 of them, and everything that we planted in them turned out in abundance. My brother Jim and I went to get the lumber.
I let the concrete dry overnight and came back the next day to actually construct the raised beds.
In order to grow healthy and productive vegetable plants, the mix of soil is crucial. Here’s what I do. I use an equal blend of Miracle Grow organic garden soil, Black Cow compost, and organic mushroom compost. It takes about 14-18 bags to fill a 4’x8′ bed. And just before we plant, I’m going to add some of my own homemade compost. I call it “Black Gold” because it’s magic.
If you have a little space in your backyard, and you are serious about growing your own fresh vegetables, click here for a step-by-step explanation of how to build your own raised beds.
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