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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Prepping the garden

So, this year I've decided to start some asparagus plants. It can take a couple of years before you can harvest them, so I wanted to put them in a place that can be left alone for a long time. Here's what I started today... I mixed some compost with some vegetable potting soil. (Both organic, and made specifically for planting vegetables in the ground, as opposed to in containers.) The problem with my gardening "hill" is that it's covered in about 4 inches of bark; and while it's nice and easy for plants to move, it is not soil by any stretch of the imagination. So, my goal is to add a bunch of soil, mixing it up just a bit. Eventually, I plan to have 2 or 3 raised beds over there, since it gets the most sun in the whole yard.
So, I picked an unobtrusive spot, and starting dumping dirt mixed with compost.

Then I planted the asparagus roots, about 10" apart. I bought 22 plants, and they will not all fit here! I think I managed to get 9 in this space. Then I watered it. I'll do some more tomorrow, and in a while I'll have an asparagus forest!

This corner is already done, with a variety of strawberries, and some garlic.

And this is my onion patch, with my new ranuculus flowers! I'm sure I'll have more to share soon.

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