See that hilariously weedy patch next to the playhouse? Sometime in this house's history, someone decided to have a garden. So they grabbed some railroad cross ties, laid down some black landscaping canvas right onto of the grass and tossed in some industrial clean fill and called it good. Ugh. Can you see me eye-rolling? While I have lofty plans for a walking garden to the north west of the house, I did want to see if we could still find a use for this place. So we started weeding.
Roughly four hours later, we were about here. Dustin is tenderly weeding around some basil plants we found in the middle of the weeds.
Not only was the whole bed weeded, but we also found some carrots, zucchini and one stray cherry tomato plant. We added our own tomato, basil and rosemary plants to the front bed as well. After discussing the ins and outs of this plot, noting that it would need a lot of love and care to get the soil up to snuff to support good food, we decided to start the asparagus and garlic in this bed long term. I have to order rhubarb from the internets, so that will be planted later. So right now, it seems a bit hodge-podge, but next year, with a whole growing season ahead of us, it will make more sense. I think that ultimately this will be our perennial plot for right now, until the walking garden is started. Then who knows what this will be turned into!
I am not sure that I would say, "it looks so much better", but at least it's weeded. And that counts for something.
*** about the straw, the kids had busted open a bale and so we used it as insulation for the garlic, but once the kids had covered the garlic with it, we wanted them to keep working, so we told them to insulate all the plants. Hence, random straw all over...
After a hard day of hot work, we rewarded ourselves with a quick dip in our refreshing pool.