Saturday, April 23, 2011

Well we did it, we now have a garden

We have a patch of dirt in our back yard that is about 30 by 40 foot.  The soil here is clay.  For the last ten years the tradition has been that I add twenty cubic feet of steer manure and rototill the soil.  Then we plant a garden.

Today we skipped the first step and planted.  It went much faster!


Three Turtles and Their Pet Librarian said...

Our soil turns to clay about three inches down, too. Last year we added and tilled and worked - and got a lot of green beans, and a handful of carrots. This year we built raised beds, filled with the mulch that has been percolating for eight months and the contents of the chicken coop (plus a little actual soil) and have much higher hopes:) Added advantage, it slows down the slugs and roly-polies just a little!

Henry Cate said...

Good luck with your garden.

I've heard mamy people who really like the raised beds approach. Maybe next year I'll give it a try.