I can’t believe it’s been THREE weeks since I built my raised beds. After many rainy days and a 10-day hiatus with my mom visiting from Alaska – we took advantage of it this beautiful weekend to fill ’em with dirt! I had FOUR yards of
dirt garden mix delivered from Great Western Supply here in Lacey and it showed up Friday afternoon. We spent the day today wheeling it into the backyard and filling the raised beds and also filling in all the areas in our yard that we want to do planting!
Never been so excited before about dirt.
Let me tell you four yards of dirt is A LOT. I naively put a tarp down for the delivery guy – but as seen by the pictured above – it’s nowhere to be seen! We only used a small portion of it for the raised beds, but we had to fill in a lot of other areas in our yard that needed it. We still have more work to do and if we are able to move tomorrow (I have a feeling we’re going to be sorer than sore) – than we might take on the other areas and get the pile of dirt out of our driveway completely.
I’m feeling a little behind – not having anything actually planted yet and I don’t have any seeds that I’m nursing indoors. But plants are the next step, how exciting! I’m currently reading Carrots Love Tomatoes: Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening and hoping to develop a little plan for the beds this week.
I also have these books on my nightstand, which in my “free” time I hope to get through soon:
- Backyard Bounty: The Complete Guide to Year-Round Organic Gardening in the Pacific Northwest
- Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades, 6th Edition: The Complete Guide to Organic Gardening
I’m learning as a I “grow” here – so this is where I’m at right now. I wanted to give you an update – so you could see it’s a step-by-step process setting up your raised beds. Doesn’t have to happen overnight and you certainly don’t have to be a garden expert – I’m not! I’m working on it, though and I’ll let you know as soon as I get some vegetables to plant. 🙂 I think Mother’s Day morning we are going to make a trip down to the Olympia Farmer’s Market and that’s always full of treasures!
Here are a few other resources:
- Great Western Supply – yardage calculator to figure out how much dirt you need.
- And so we grow. . . building raised beds for the first time (about $35 each) – our tutorial for when we built our raised beds.
- WSU – Gardening in Western Washington site – WSU is known for their awesome Master Gardener program and has a lot of online resources.
- One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis is working to grow 2,000 pounds of food this year, in suburbia! She also shares her recipes and couponing adventures. Be prepared to salivate and have garden envy.
- Northwest Edible Life – Chickens, kids, recipes, gardens (and more gardens). You’ll love this blog, too.
I’d love to hear your comments about what you’re currently growing, what you’re planning to plant or what your favorite resources might be!