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Sunday, March 07, 2010

A warm Sunday in March, we make a fresh start in the garden...

My art journal from a few days ago. Today the weather was perfect and we were both home from work so we got busy! I started by planting a few herb seeds in potting soil in egg cartons.

Then out the back door to see the remains of last year's "lasagna" garden..

We raked and cleaned for awhile.

Before too long, the surface was cleared of debris and little green weeds. I planted what cool weather veggie seeds I had on hand, beets, turnips and spinach. I don't know if any of these will take off. If they don't flourish, I will replant this with herbs and flowers!

We started a second bed hoping it will have more sun this summer and vegetables will be happy there. Here I am watering down the thick layer of newspapers which is the first layer of a layered "lasagna" garden! It is a windy March day so I am using small rocks to help keep the papers from blowing.

After the newspapers, I added a layer of straw, and brought in topsoil (see below). As soon as the low walls of boards, or whatever go up around this more layers will be added, peat moss, chopped leaves, compost, ashes from the fireplace, mushroom compost (purchased nearby).

In a few weeks, after danger of frost passes, we will buy our plants. I did find one beauty already, for the partial shade garden....this English daisy. She can go outdoors permanently in a few weeks!

I have to say that even if nothing grows very well, the fun of being out on a day like today is truly rewarding already!!!!!


gemma said...

How rewarding...I am reminded of the quote:
"Who plants a seed beneath the sod
and waits to see, believes in God"

May your garden grow and flourish.

Piecefulafternoon said...

Love your journal - it is so inspiring to see your sketches.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love your bits of color...and photos of your garden progress. It was a beautiful day here, too. Enjoy the sunshine! ♥

Bettyann said...

Lasgna gardening sounds so yummy...must be warm as I can see your dh is wearing shorts..look forward to a warm your sketches..take care..

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I posted an answer to your question about my furniture today...and some OLD photos! heehee! Hope you're having a fabulous day! ♥

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