A few weeks ago, Leo built some raised beds for our garden. We've never had raised beds before now. But last year we had so many weeds in our garden that we decided that we needed to do something different this year.
Before we filled the beds with soil, we consulted with Al Jeffords, who we buy our bedding plants from, about what mixture of soil we needed. Al called Tony Melton who is our Clemson Extension Agent. He recommended a mixture of compost, top soil, and sand. We used a mixture of Black Cow and big bags of commercial potting soil.
So here are the beds with that rich mixture.
Yesterday Leo and I rode over to J and W Greenhouses to get some bedding plants to fill those beds. Al Jeffords and Robert Warr own the greenhouses. Al used to be the agricultural teacher, and his father before him, at Lamar High School before retiring and starting this business. That's Al in the red shirt, and Leo's looking at all the plants.
They had all sorts of early spring vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, and lettuce.
Don't these cabbage plants look healthy?
Trailers full of plants, all ready to go!
So today we planted Romaine, Butterhead, and Red Fire lettuces and a lot of cabbages. We also planted some Georgia Sweet onions and two different kinds of radish seeds.
Here I am digging in the dirt. How I've yearned all winter for this very day!
Haven't had these gardening clogs on in quite some time. See the little lady bugs on them?
We should have lettuce, radishes, and onions for a salad in less than 30 days. You can't get any fresher than that! Leave me a comment about a good dressing to put on that salad.
How do you refurbish the garden soil in the raised beds?Cline
Carolyn @ Adrift on the Lake
Oh my -- I've been begging my hubby to build some raised gardens for me and can't wait to show him this post! He's a little doubtful I can grow an entire garden after I tried for 6 years to grow a tomato plant without success. 🙂
Susan in SC
Seeing these picture makes me want to start planting things! What size are your beds. They look like 3 x 6 or 4x8?
I'm ready to get my hands dirty!
I could smell the soil.. everything looks so healthy.. feels like spring on the way. Thanks, makes me think of childhood when we grew vegetables. Girl you are gonna have to make some homemade for those veggies! I did a fruit one last year that was pretty good. Just some balsamic and orange juice and added a few spices. I'd keep it pretty simple.. just plain would be good w/ fresh veggies.