Days grow longer-Time grows shorter

I was amazed to see that it had been April 6 when I last posted, almost 2 months, wow. But as every avid gardener knows, when colder weather gives way to the warmer, longer days of spring, our time seems to grow so much shorter. This year we had the added pressure of completing the greenhouse project, which I will write more about later.

The last few weeks have been spent doing the final preparations to the garden beds for planting. Since we use all raised beds, turning the dirt and mixing in dried grass and leaves is the final step before adding our plants which were started inside about 6 weeks ago.

Weeds, grass, hay, and rabbit poop on beds before preparation.
Weeds, grass, hay, and rabbit poop on beds before preparation.

After this long hard winter, we are starting way behind, but the beds are full of grass, weeds, hay, and rabbit poop-perfect for the final step of mulching it all together with the dried leaves from last fall.

 

We have about 40 large trash bags of bagged leaves that we have let sit all winter, which will now be used to mix on the garden beds. The hardest part is just lifting our mower into each bed to do the job. Here is a pictorial of the process.

Spreading the dried leaves bagged last fall
Spreading the dried leaves bagged last  fall
Piles of dried leaves to spread and mulch
Piles of dried leaves to spread and mulch
Spread dried leaves
Spread dried leaves
Dried leaves after mulching
Dried leaves after mulching

 

At this point, it is just a matter of covering with landscape fabric, planting, staking, and adding the top media. Top media is a combination of dirt, straw, hay, & rabbit poop. If you look to the top and left of the picture below, you can see our ever bearing strawberries.

Completed, planted beds
Completed, planted beds

I am pretty proud of how our strawberries are coming in this year, should harvest enough for a small family festival!

Lots of blooms and buds
Lots of blooms and buds
Strawberries Anyone?
Strawberries Anyone?

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