Once again, digging up the weeds in the new bed area was tough. The tine on this cultivator bent and then the wood handle snapped! Oh well, it's quite old and was a hand-me-down, so we weren't devastated (seriously, when did JC Penney sell branded gardening tools?).
So far beefsteak tomato, yellow pear tomato, basil, and some annual flowers have sprouted. I have to give a shout out to Botanical Interests. I am a sucker for pretty packaging, but didn't expect their seeds to be anything special. It turns out their seeds are incredible in both germination rate and speed. Some germinated in three days!
I had my Austin Powers/Dr. Evil moment with the cultivator's severed head/hand:
"I know what we need - one MILLION pounds of dirt!" And so it was...
We rented a truck from Lowe's and got three yards of Mrs. Hutto's bedding mix. This ended up being much cheaper than having dirt delivered or buying it in bags. We needed a lot for filling the two raised beds and working into the clay in the new fence bed.
Here is my wonderful husband building one of the new raised beds:
Here is the new fence bed. I really want to plant hydrangeas here, and maybe some daylilies. It's in part shade. What do y'all think? Any tips or recommendations?
I love checking on my seeds every day and finding new life!