The Beginnings…

A Golden Opportunity…

The start of a New Garden…

A nice Southern Exposure…

A grassy patch of lawn…

First things first…

Remove the lawn…

The grass is skinned off with a shovel and flipped upside down…

We want a raised bed to help us control soil moisture and drainage and allow for the easy addition of nutritious soil amendments. Some sort of retainer is needed. It can be untreated wood, logs, stone, cinder block, brick, or something similar. In this case, a woodworker friend had some molding a new hire had screwed up. Not suitable for a fancy hallway, but nobody will notice the retaining wall when the plants are growin’, so good for us. And,  Free is good.

Quickly put to use, wooden pegs guide the edging along a curved brick walkway.

More edging will keep the moist garden soil off the existing wooden screen.

The soil is dug and turned with a fork. We’re very fortunate that the soil is rich and dark. No chemicals have been used on the lawn, another plus.

There’s plenty of these guys, a very good sign. Good soil is alive, it supports a whole other world, below the surface. Worms are wonderful creatures, living tubes that eat their way through their environment. Dirt goes in one end and enriched, friable soil comes out the other. Worms are a very good sign, they hang out in good, pure soil and avoid polluted places. If your soil lacks worms, you can build it up with amendments and compost, and then introduce worms (get ’em from your local bait shop, Red Wigglers are good to start with). Good soil supports a wealth of beneficial microorganisms and fungi. Build it and they will come.

The bed is framed out. It’s about 15 feet long and 4 feet at it’s widest point.

And, hey, if you are what you eat, it doesn’t hurt to be a li’l stylish. This is next to a much used side entrance, so why not a li’l Flair. This untreated wood will soon weather to match the existing screen. And you won’t notice it anyway, we’re gonna grow some exiting and tasty veggies here.