This weekend we worked tirelessly on the garden. We needed to rid the area from what was left of the remaining weeds after my first go at it a few weekends ago. Everyone wanted in on the project and the weather was perfect for the task at hand.
Before we started, Claire decided she wanted to be a part of the activities. With the help of my mother-in-law, she showed up wearing swim goggles. I give her credit for using her head and thinking about safety first. I have to tell you, she kept those silly things on for quite a long time. Even after they got all hot and steamy. Love that sweet girl.
Weed hacker in hand, Mark took his turn cutting the grass and weeds down as close to the ground as possible. Then he helped me till the dirt. OK, so he did about 98% of the tilling, but I did take a turn and for a first-timer, I thought I did pretty darn good. I have a badly injured finger, so it was very difficult for me to grasp the handles while it turned, jerked and jumped around. Thankfully my sweet husband agreed to take over. Thank you AGAIN my love!
I also spent about 2 1/2 hours of sifting, by hand, what felt like hundreds of rocks out of the turned soil. I could have spent about a month in there and still would have left behind a mountain of those darn things!
On to the building of the raised beds! I had gone to our local lumber store with my diagram in hand and those men chuckled at me as I told them my list of needed supplies. What is it with men when a woman knows what she is talking about? Yes, I knew exactly what I wanted and brought back my goods all ready to be assembled. I ended up with 2 x 10 cuts of cedar in various lengths. Even though cedar is pricy, it will last forever! And the smell….mmmmmm…love it! Important to note something here, if you don’t already know, never use treated wood for gardening. The chemicals will leach into the soil and then into your plants!
On the other hand, Cole and Claire decided it would be more fun to play. Who could blame them? They kept busy 0n the swings, drawing with chalk and ended up in a watering can race of sorts toward the end of the day.
Back to building. I thought simple butt joints would work best and they looked great with the brackets being installed on the inside corners. I know it’s just in the garden, but I can’t help myself wanting it to look as pretty as possible. If I had the time and patience, I swear I would be painting them! But, if you know me at all, you know I can not stand to paint – anything!
Have a wonderful day and…
PS – My seedlings are patiently waiting for their new home. Soon little ones, soon.