Thursday, March 11, 2010

Garden Expansion

We are adding square feet to our gardening plot this year.  The fence perimeter was expanded over the weekend, and hopefully I will have at least one new bed built by next week.  The shed build is also in full-swing- FINALLY-  this is very exciting stuff to people without a garage!  It will provide much needed storage.


Here is the before of the recently cleared section of our lot.  This used to be the home of my cold compost pile.  The boys moved it with an excavator and it is now full of rocks and debris from cut trees. Oh well.  Lots of screening in my future.


Here they are erecting the post and beam frame, it went together very quickly.


Progress as of yesterday afternoon.  I am hoping to get my potting table set-up asap!  The siding is/will be board and batten.

Now onto the expanding garden.......


A long narrow bed will go along the back side for trellising, and three 4x4 beds will go over on the right.  Two of the six beds are currently planted, one with asparagus, and the other with garlic.  Kale, spinach, and peas are in the coldframe which needs to be turned around now that fence is no longer blocking access.  Just outside the fence to the left is the grape trellis.  One of the lovely gals at my husband's office is giving us a cutting from her father's grapes, so with that and the one I have on order we will need to add another section or two to the trellis as well.  Not so attractive in winter brown is it?  Boy am I looking forward to green!  Meanwhile, the garden clean-up continues......

7 comments:

Erin said...

It's still attractive to your gardener audience, since when we look at brown empty beds we see POSSIBILITIES & EXCITEMENT of things to come, LOL! I am sooooo jealous of your structure going up, I don't have a garage so I can relate! My dreams someday include a big machine shed or pole barn with a greenhouse at one end..... ah, dreams!

Michelle said...

Such exciting gardening things going on around your place! Can't wait to see it all in bloom!

Annie's Granny said...

Oh, you are going to LOVE that shed! I can't believe how much time I spend in mine, which is such an improvement over the tiny metal shed it replaced. I agree, the brown gardens are rather depressing. Mine is still full of dead foliage from last year, and I can't seem to find the time to get it cleaned up. Before I know it, it will be time to begin planting...I MUST get busy on it!

Kelly said...

Erin- Greenhouse dreams are good!

Michelle- I am just trying to keep up, lol!

AG- I managed to get some clean up and pruning done yesterday, the rain is back again today (and for days to come), so Mother Nature is not making this easy. I hope you find time to squeeze your Spring clean-up in soon. :)

Ottawa Gardener said...

I know, I'm itching to grow too, and I absolutely love bed expansions. Enjoy that new growing space, and garage!

Ruralrose said...

I am so excited what to see how it transpires, you must be to the moon! You deserve this and more. Peace

Thomas said...

Looking good Kelly! I'm glad you got to add to your plot this year. I'm sure you'll find ways to expand even further. I really wish I had a shed life that. Ours is pretty old and filled with junk.