Maybe I bit off a bit more than I can handle when I decided to enlarge the garden.
Our day began at 10:00 a.m. when Mr. Granny and Scott began digging out fence posts after I'd removed all the clips and fencing.
Bryan unloaded the sod stripper and fired it up, while Kevin began rolling up the strips of sod.
They loaded a trailer with rolls of sod, and still had all of this left over. I'm thinking it would have been easier to reseed rather than try to lay all of this into the old garden area, and "somebody", I won't name names, neglected to follow my instructions to keep the sod rolls up next to the fence. That entire area will have to be leveled, so the sod will have to be moved again! I worked on leveling it with a rake for about an hour, and didn't even make a dent in it.
So....here is the garden extension. Pretty rough right now, and the old maple tree roots were so near the surface it made stripping the sod very difficult. It will have to be tilled up, and that might prove interesting what with all the big roots.
Areas like this will either have to be chopped out with an axe or made into a raised area for squash. The roots are huge, and right at the surface.
Remind me to never, ever, ever plant cosmos again. These 10-12' giants had to be cut into sections then pulled. Now what will I do with them? Too bad I don't have a chipper. Our only alternative is a big bonfire.
I put in a full day. A bed was made for Grandpa Ott morning glories. I dug a couple of buckets of compost into the soil, raked it smooth and added a mulch of grass hay. A week or so before it's time to plant the seeds, I'll scoot the mulch aside to let the soil warm up. Strips of wire fencing were tacked to the back fence to give the vines something to climb.
The lettuce bed was dug, and compost and alfalfa pellets were scratched into the top few inches. It's all ready for seeding when the time comes. A small bed next to it was also amended, mulched with hay, and fenced off to keep Annie from sleeping on it. I haven't yet decided what will go there, possibly a small herb bed.
I cleaned up and mulched the lily bed, and that pretty much took care of cleaning and prepping my "back 40", the area behind the garden shed.
Is it bedtime yet? My body aches all over. Oh, it's only 4:15. Darn. I feel like I put in a lot more than six hours!