I really had planned to not blog until I announced the birth of my grandchild, but since she is taking her own sweet time entering this world, and I did end up doing something in the garden...well, I'm baaaaaack!
The past couple of days have been rather busy. I combined all those bags of composted steer manure with the bale of peat moss and spread a 2" layer over the empty garden beds. This still didn't quite raise the level of the soil to the tops of the boxes, so I'll buy another yard of compost in the spring. I'll need it then, as I'm planning on converting four of the 4'x4' beds into two 4'x10' beds. I've decided I'd rather have the extra 16 square feet that is now being taken up with pathways, and plant more vegetables.
I had moved two half-barrel planters to the back garden last week, planning on filling them with sweet potatoes next spring. But I changed my mind (as usual!) and decided to move two blueberry bushes and put them in the barrels instead. These are rather old bushes, and one was looking...well, old. Hopefully they will thrive in the barrels, planted in a combination of compost and peat moss. I've already begun feeding them our coffee grounds and crushed eggshells. I think they look so pretty against the new cedar fence that I'm going to bring a third barrel back there and buy another blueberry bush for it next spring.
I'm anxious for spring to come, so I can get the raspberries planted in that bed that's ready and waiting for them! I've almost convinced myself to fill both of the other two beds with strawberries next year....maybe June bearing in one, so I can get all the jam and frozen berries done at once, and day neutral in the other bed for eating fresh throughout the summer.