Enlarging Vegetable Garden 8 by 36 Feet

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  1. Durgan

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    The pictures above indicate the work in progress.

    Today I decided to enlarge my vegetable garden by 8 feet. It is 36 feet long. First I removed the sod with a kick sod cutter, then spaded about a foot, then rototilled the lumps, then raked the chunks that wouldn't crumble. Today's effort took me about 8 hours. It is a real good workout. I broke the sod by hand and put it through a Yard Machine to shred the clumps and put it back onto the bed. This took about three hours. Not a bit of grass came up later in the season. The Yard Machine effectively killed the grass roots.

    Tomorrow I will add about three yards of city compost and work it in. The soil is clay well packed before I started.

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    Back is normal. Actually most of the work is upright so not much strain on the back.
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    Adding compost to my new bed. I can only pick up about half a cubic yard per day from the city, so it will take me a few days to complete the bed. I worked it in well with the underlying soil using my new Honda mini-tiller. I will add about three cubic yards. I think the pictures depict the high quality of the compost.

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    4 May 2006. Pictures are captioned.

    Adding and mixing more compost. I pick up about half a yard per day. Two fourty five gallon garbage cans. I have a wooden box in the back of the van that takes exactly one-half yard.



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    Two pictures of the bed with the fiber laying on top and then worked in.

    7 May 2006. I decided to add some fiber to the new garden bed. The tree mulch was put through my yard machine to make smaller pieces then spread over the bed, and worked in with my new Honda mini rototiller. Now all I need is some rain and then I will plant my vegetables.

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    Pictures of what is growing in the enlarged bed on 30 June 2006. Apparently the effort was not in vain. All plants are growing extremely well.
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