Garden prep weekend

I think I’ve spent ten or eleven hours in the garden between Thursday and Sunday, which really isn’t that much, if I think about it.  Scott also did six or so, mostly moving wood chips to mulch the new “berry berm.” I weeded, mostly, and planted apple trees, cherry bushes, and strawberry plants (over 100).  A few potatoes also made it into the ground, and spaces are ready for all the cool-weather roots, which I will probably be able to get in this week.

Garden prep pics always look so lame without “before” pictures.  But you gardeners know how good it feels to clean your slate and be ready to plant!

Apple raspberry orchard

Fruit berm

Woodland shade garden

Kitchen garden April 2011



  1. Ed Bruske said,

    April 24, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Great looking raised beds, Emily. You’re so organized.

    • Emily said,

      April 25, 2011 at 10:04 am

      It’s all about ease! I’ll be doing a blog post on that soon – comparing sheet mulch, tilling, and raised beds. The raised beds need so much less weeding, I’m converting everything to raised beds.

  2. Ken said,

    April 24, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Berry Berm! I like it =) And the new bed next to the garage looks good =)

    • Emily said,

      April 25, 2011 at 10:05 am

      It makes me smile. 🙂 It will also get some asparagus, and putting squash under the trees will allow me to keep the squash harvest up without sacrificing “refined” veg gardening space.

  3. April 25, 2011 at 6:05 am

    Nice job on the beds. We come up with names for spaces on our homestead too. The herb slab, the bee strip, the elder swath, the apple guild, the three sisters. And we have a berm along the road too. Our berm is heavily shaded and steep, and very close to the road with no shoulder, so it’s not used for anything edible.

    • Emily said,

      April 25, 2011 at 10:06 am

      I love hearing people’s plant-space names. 🙂 With so many patches of plantings, they get creative!

  4. Anonymous said,

    April 25, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Put in a six-pack of pansies! But did clean a few slates and I agree, it feels fabu!

    • Emily said,

      April 25, 2011 at 10:10 am

      Y’know, I saw pansies for sale Saturday and was thinking, “How quaint! I wonder who has time to plant those when there’s so much else to do this time of year?”

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