Dirt, GLORIOUS Dirt.
Digging in the dirt is so therapeutic.
I spent the better part of Thursday afternoon playing in the dirt. And I wasn’t the only one getting DIRT-y!
(There’s an outfit below that you’re not gonna want to miss.)
First, I picked off all the dead leaves to find some parsley growing underneath. I have no doubt this parsley will take over the pot this summer.
Then there was the mint. Completely hidden under the dead leaf layer. If I’m not careful, this stuff will take over the entire garden. I plan to move the pot with the mint away from the square foot planters to keep any “airborne” transplants away!
Next I found a few of these little critters working their magic in the dirt as I pulled off the layer of straw that lay atop the planters through the winter. The boys were quite enthralled with these guys.
And I had to pull up quite a few onions. Poor little things. They tried their hardest to survive the winter, but they didn’t make it. I commend them for their valient efforts!
And lastly in the planters was this EXTENSIVE root system. I’m thinking it was from the snap peas from last year. I pulled. And pulled. And pulled. And it just kept coming! Shook off the dirt and tossed aside.
And with that, the square foot planters are ready. I will add a little more manure and dirt to fill in a few spaces. Then we’ll plant. First up, spinach and lettuce!
The New Garden Space
This is where we’ll expand our garden. It’s the LAST spot of full sun space in our yard. So we’ll utilize it. The plan is to remove the grass, till the dirt that is there and then add some of Mel’s soil mix to the top. Our dirt is VERY “clay-ey,” so we’ll need to give it a decent layer of “growing soil” so the plants can thrive. I’m thinking this space will be for squash of all types.
Steve digging out some grass patches.
And Ryan trying doing the same. Like father, like son.
A grass patch, ready for a new home.
And our other VERY SERIOUS little helper.
Yes. He dressed himself. Yes. I let him out of the house like that. No need to judge him. Or me, for that matter!
What’s missing from his outfit? Steve’s gray ski hat…which he had on for the first half of the day. But took off when it warmed up!
While the guys were busy getting rid of the grass, our neighbor shows up with this bad boy.
Ah. Much better!
This getting rid of the grass task doesn’t seem quite as daunting. Steve tilled the top layer, raked off the grass pieces, then tilled the dirt. In just 30 minutes. (We originally thought this could take days!)
So the new garden patch is ready for a new layer of dirt. And some wire fencing. We’ve got rabbits, chipmunks and a resident groundhog to keep out!
I’ll be spending part of the weekend doing a load of “mud laundry,” and scrubbing mud tracks off the kitchen floor.
If you’re interested in learning more about Square Foot gardening, I recommend getting a copy of Mel Bartholemew’s Square Foot Gardening book.
How’s your garden coming along?!? Do share. Link up or leave a description in the comments!