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This is something we probably should have "googled" before we got started. But we didn't. More and more that seems to be the case, and I'm proud of us for that. Back when we first moved out here (and a long time prior to moving) we'd pretty much "google" everything we did. Just to be sure our idea wasn't completely insane and/or wouldn't kill us. Now we're a little more comfortable and kind of free-wheel it a bit when it comes to projects.
The new garden we just dug up is one of those free-wheelin' projects.
One day a friend of mine was talking about using a tiller to dig up some land. A light went off in my head. Could we use it to tear up a big chunk of our lawn and make a bigger garden? Sure, he said.
Three days later we were out tilling up the lawn. Leaning hard to get down under all that crab grass and thick sod that had been growing for who knows how many years. After about three passes with the tiller it was pretty well dug up.
We waited a day and then raked off all the dead grass. I noticed the tiller misses a few spots, so I took a pick axe and a shovel out there and dug up all the stubborn chunks.
We added a 'yard' of compost, which is 1200#'s. Our total space is about 1,600 sq. ft. so our application of compost was probably a little high, but the soil isn't great, so we'll see how it does. Other than that we didn't do anything.
We went out in the forest and sawed some cedar posts out of dead trees. I cut the posts 4' long and we buried about 1.5' in the ground and packed it in with clay that we dug up from deep below. We put up the corner posts and two more posts in between.
The cedar posts are now holding up a short chicken fence around the perimeter. The chickens were loving the worm field-day and awesome new dust bathing area. Sorry guys, this needs to grow us some food.
Who knows if we're too late, but we're going to plant it and see how it goes. Squash, turnips, rutabagas, kale, carrots and much more are on the list. At a minimum it'll make it a lot easier to plant a garden in the spring!
Do you plant a fall garden? If so, what do you plant and when?
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