As anyone who read my last post knows, I am running out of planting space for next year. We bought more fence to expand the growing area. We sketched out and staked out some various bed options, and this what we decided on yesterday:
A long run utilizing most of the newly created space, with room for the permanent coldframe(s) left at the end.
And a new allium bed, which had to go outside of the fence. I will deal with keeping dogs out come spring, most likely with an inexpensive, low, mesh fencing/border type material. We made sure to lay the cobbles in a way that allow us to add one more standard fence panel and enclose it with the rest of the garden if need be in the future. Utilizing the cobbles and donated dirt/compost meant building these beds required no out of pocket cost (YAY!) other than the peat I will need to go out and buy this week in order to keep building the 'lasagna' layers. That is a very good thing.
So, to sum it all up we ran two new cobble beds that still need fillin' and hillin'. The dirt will require hilling within the cobbles so I can get 6-8 inches of depth in the beds. Here is a shot of the whole garden from above (note the extra fence panel at the back-right corner along the edge of the cobbles, that is where we may need to move the border to next year):
This new square footage will allow me to grow more than peas and greens for next year (though not much more), and in 2012 I will be in good shape when I sow my garlic in the new allium bed vs the space it is in now. (I hope to post a sowing list and planting sketches soon for my own reference.)
To think this is what we started with a couple of years ago; much smaller, yet somehow I still grew quite a variety. I guess my blog title was a bit of an omen, lol:
I am so thankful for the ability to keep my garden growing.