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refreshing the backyard garden for spring planting

turning-soil

With our freshly planted seeds growing like weeds in our new seed starting rack, we have been busy busting tail getting our beds prepped for spring planting.

Thankfully, most of the hard work was done last year with all of the double digging we did. A lot of the prep is just loosening beds, weeding, and sheet mulching. We have only taken on the backyard beds as of now, but it’s a good start and having it look so good again makes us all giddy.

backyard-garden-bed

I am not going to lie, this bed was looking little homely before it got spruced up again in preparation of spring planting.

ugly-bed

The first thing that we did was pull out the old bamboo trellises and clean out all of the weeds. Surprisingly, there weren’t many. Thanks in part to double digging.

cleaning-up-last-years-garden-bed

Then, Ryan loaded up the wheelbarrow with compost and spread a few buckets full over the beds. This gives the soil a nice boost before planting. While he loosened the the bed using a digging fork to turn the soil and mix in the compost, I started sheet mulching a new bed. (Those Trader Joe bags are good for more than just gift wrap.)

turning-soil

Once Ryan finished loosening the soil, he loaded the wheelbarrow up with woodchip mulch and compost to spread over the new sheet mulch bed. This bed will soon become our herb garden and I am pretty stoked about it.

prepping-new-beds

This new herb garden was built right next to the existing garden bed. This could have proven a bit trying for this little lady. To make sure we could reach all the produce without walking through the growing area, we created a path between the two beds. The walking path (marked by the bamboo poles) was mulched with woodchips and the herb garden was given composted mulch for optimal growing conditions.

backyard-garden-bed

The only thing left to do to the backyard garden is to widen the bed by a foot (give or take). It will be this weekend’s chore I’m sure.

As for the front yard beds, we are still seeing quite a bit of action.

garden-beds-after-winter

Thanks to some gifted frost cloths and a DIY green house, our raised beds are popping and our kale never-slowed-down.

strawberries-and-lettuce-in-raised-bed

herbs-and-strawberries-in-a-raised-bed

A few plants that were never covered fared well too. These mild Georgia winters are wonderful.

snow-peas-and-green-onions

Their worlds (the plants) are about to be rocked when we come through and start transplanting, loosening soil, and making room for new neighbors more plants, but that’s a story for another time.

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