The new bed is working out

I’m relieved that the new bed actually seems happy.  The solarizing then adding soil really worked well back there, and I intend to use it again.  Right now I am working on another grass removal experiment in the back yard, in a spot where the dogs have already killed most of the grass.  I just put some plants in, threw a temporary fence around it to keep the dogs out, and that’s it.  Of course now that the dogs aren’t disturbing it any more and it’s getting water frequently, the grass is coming back!  So now my plan is to loosen the soil a bit with the fork, pull up the grass, put in some more plants, and mulch it to keep the grass down.  This may be my  new little wildscape area where I have a birdbath and birdfeeders, and eventually a little fountain or pond.  It’s a work in progress.

Last year’s work did pay off, with the orchid tree blooming in front of the salvia and mutabilis rose.

spring garden

The yarrow and mistflower have both spread quite a bit, and the yarrow patch is now also full of dayflowers. There are a lot of beetles on the yarrow flowers.
spring garden

In the vegetable garden, the snowpeas are very productive.
spring garden

The chard is huge!
spring garden

And Sweetpea is too.


  1. Bob Pool

    April 4, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Is Sweet Pea a Schipperkee?

    She does look like one, doesn’t she? She’s a bit bigger and has a big fluffy tail, but her temperament matches the description of one. I have also guessed that she looks like an American Eskimo, only black. Her behavior can be very fox-like, so I just think of her as a little black fox. I love mutts!

  2. Bonnie

    April 7, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Looks really good. I just did some new bed creation. I sprayed the grass with roundup- it havs a very short life in the soil. Then I cut the dead grass short and tilled it to keep the organic matter in the soil. Add compost and mulch and voila!

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