More on our efforts to embrace a 100 mile diet…
Last fall I constructed the garden box using six 2×8’s. I used construction screws (nails are so passe) to put the box together. Dead easy with a cordless drill I borrowed from my neighbour.
Next, I placed multiple layers of clean cardboard on the lawn inside the box. DO NOT bother digging up the turf. Cover it. Use cardboard or newspaper or leaves or any other compostable material. That is it.
Next came layers of leaves from the yard. Every time I raked the yard I just scooped them into the garden box. By the time the leaves had stopped falling the box was full to the brim. However, the rains came and the leaves were soon packed down to a thin layer.
Off to the beach and we collected seaweed that went on top of the leaves. The seaweed was followed by a few bags of sea-soil from Art Knapps Garden Works.
By this time it was early spring. One of our three composters was ready to be dug out. That was layered on top of the soil and provided countless millions of worms.
After a bunch more bags of soil I let it sit to settle with the spring rains. And then we started planting.
Now this is where we are at…
Here is Story with our first harvest of beets. We boiled them up for dinner that night and ate them. We were a little surprised that they were not as sweet as we had hoped. We planted another set even before these beets were harvested so we will see how they turn out.
And me with a handful of baby carrots the we ate right in the garden after washing them off with the hose. These were sweet.
A bowl of Swiss Chard which is just as tasty as spinach when cooked and covered with butter and a light sprinkle of sea salt.
The broccoli is not yet ready but developing quite nicely. I was very surprised at the size of the plants that the brocoli grew into. I have never grown broccoli before and if I were to grow it again it would not be planted in the middle of the garden box. It shades out too much of the rest of the box.
And last night, we had fresh new potatoes from the potato patch we planted alongside the garden box. These were SO delicious!
Of course the requisite zucchini plants have already begun to supply their bounty. The cherry tomatoes in pots on the front patio are slow this year seeing as the sun has not been shining nearly as much as they would like.
Our little garden is a fabulous addition to the backyard. This fall I will likely add another garden box alongside the existing one to more than double our production of vegetables. It is very liberating to go out to the backyard and grab a handful of food. So simple, so easy. So delicious.