We had three cold, windy days when it was impossible to work outside with all the dust and sand blowing in my face. I decided it was the perfect time to sit inside and make seed mats. For this small garden, rather than use 12" square napkins I used sheets of toilet tissue. The tissue passed the soak test, disintegrating easily after being submerged in water. I thought three of these 12" sections would fit the width of the little garden (I later found I had to tear off one sheet, as the garden wasn't quite three feet wide). I made mats of four different kinds of lettuce; Red Romaine, Green Romaine, Red Sails and Buttercrunch. Then I cut narrower strips and glued on seeds of three types of radishes; Champion, Cherry Belle and Sparkler. I finished with mats of Bloomsdale Long Standing and Tyee Hybrid spinach.
Last year I had two of these little garden boxes, but I wasn't very happy with the depth of the good soil I put in them. This year I dug last year's good soil down about 6" into the sand below, incorporating it well, then stacked the two boxes on top. I mixed a bag of "forest products" compost with a bag of composted manure and added that to the box, mixing it into the soil. This should give me a depth of about a foot of good planting medium.
I positioned the seed mats, holding them down with a bit of the soil. I overestimated how many would fit, but I got all the lettuce in as well as the radishes, which were placed between the rows of lettuce.
Soil was added to cover the seed mats, and all was tamped down with my rake.....which has a bow in it, so it doesn't tamp very evenly.
Plastic fencing was added to keep the wild bunnies out...I hope. I let the excess fencing lay on the ground around the box to deter digging.
I found two 2x4s that I can use for another box for the spinach. It will only be 2' x 2', but should hold enough spinach for our needs. I also planted that large pot with scallions, and have three more pots to fill with ??? as soon as I can get some potting mix from the store.