Hydra started seriously trenching for the new garden wall yesterday. Aw, look how fresh and energetic he was at the beginning of the day today, before the upper-nineties heat set in.
The first row of blocks is seated on leveled sand, and now he’s adding gravel for drainage. He’s amazing at this. Inspires me to actually do things right. I wouldn’t have the patience to do such a great job of leveling.
I was reluctant to try breaking a block, but Hydra encouraged me. Then I was kind of proud of it. Strong like bull!
Finished garden! Isn’t that wall great? I moved the oregano and one of the thyme plants. Added parsley, bell pepper, zucchini and butternut squash. Oh yes, and also a rhubarb plant! Like home!
There’s mint, two tomatoes, more zukes and squash and another rhubarb in the pots and barrel. I went a little bonkers buying plants this year, and scrambled to find places for them all, but every one of them has a place to grow.
To see what it looked like when we started on this project in early April, click here.
Don’t be afraid.
This is supposedly going to be a lush red and green rhubarb plant later this summer. The instructions are to plant it six inches deep with the “pointy part up.” I’m guessing that’s the end on the right. I put one in the ground and one in the barrel. Hopeful!
It was kind of exciting to find that the soil in these self-watering planters I made last year was so wonderful. Damp but not compacted. I have high hopes for the two grape tomato plants, the watermelon, and the heirloom tomato I bought because it’s name is “Mr. Stripey.”
Here are the instructions for making these planters, thanks to Josh Mandel for creating and sharing this project! There are links to my experience of making them in the comments section of this post, or you can use the handy search engine on the right to search the blog for “self watering.”
There are four bush tomatoes in pots on the front porch, along with a cucumber plant and some basil. We’re surrounded!
Okay, you’ve heard about the toil and Mr. Stripey. Here’s the piece de la resistance! Hydra put the long level on the wall and….drumroll please!–look at that bubble! LEVEL!
Yay, Hydra!! Well done!
I hope the critters don’t get to the food plants before they have a chance to produce. This is my biggest garden ever. All organic.
Fighting factory food one tomato at a time!