Work in Progress

Life is a work in progress. As are things at the Sidewalk House. There is always a project of some sort in progress ~ because one thing leads to another around here.

After digging up 4 rows of garlic a few weeks ago, Farmer Ken was ready to throw in the trowel. Gardening is not easy on his knees these days. Time to sod over our vegetable garden? Bummer! OR?

How about mulching over the garden and installing a few 4×8 elevated gardens like the ones on our deck?

A well-timed E-mail from Gardener’s Supply on the Fourth of July announced the last day of a sale on their elevated beds ~ $40.00 off AND free shipping. Tempting! One quick phone call to ask about availability and in a blink, 3 new gardens were on their way. Felix and Jesus were called in to prepare the foundation ~ rototill, lay landscaping cloth, and mulch. All we had to do was assemble and move into place. Easy peasy, right?

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Unpack! Do you see the lush growth in our older elevated gardens in the background?

Haricot vert; serrano, jalapeno, lipstick, and datil pepper plants; tomato; cucumber; leeks; sweet cherry belle peppers and wrinkled old man peppers, basil, and nasturtiums ~ all growing in just two gardens. Imagine what will grow in three more! So excited!

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~ some pieces came assembled. . .   

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a few hours later, assembled and moved from the deck to the garden area; placement being considered ~ parallel or u-shaped? gate at side or end?  pavers to be placed under each leg, all before we begin filling with soil ~ and seeds.                                     

And one thing leads to another. It gets complicated quickly around here. Squirrels will use the fence posts to jump onto the bird feeding post where they will empty the feeders in just one day. Without fencing, ground squirrels will scurry up the legs of the beds, dig up our baby plants, take a bite out of the stems, and then leave them to dry in the sun. What to do?

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as dusk falls, we make the decision that the bird feeding station will have to be moved up onto the deck.

Slowed down by morning thunder storms, we will continue towards completing this Work in Progress at the Sidewalk House. Y’all stay tuned. Hugs, Jackie, the Farmer’s wife and now somewhat weary Carpenter’s assistant.

4 Responses to Work in Progress

  1. Kronk July 17, 2016 at 11:26 am #

    Awesome project!

  2. Tracy July 17, 2016 at 11:29 am #

    Looking great! It’s like a full-blown farm…

  3. Steve Oreair July 17, 2016 at 12:56 pm #

    So exciting, and I’m sure the captains knees are appreciative.

  4. vicky July 17, 2016 at 1:27 pm #

    So fun! I cannot wait to see more!

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