One thing I have to say for my husband – he’s not a sore loser. With the decision made to create raised beds, he found the materials and put together four that measure 20’ x 4.5’ and one that is 10’ x 10’. Well, approximately.
My role in building projects like this one is as “grunt.” Like good grunts everywhere, I get to stand around and wait to see what the builder needs. I have to know the difference between a hammer and a wrench, along with the different types of wrenches. I have to find “lost” items, which means keeping an eye on where he puts things. I get to walk back and forth to the barn to look for forgotten items, as in “Get me one more piece of cardboard.” And I get to clean as we go.
The most important thing about being a good grunt is not to wander off. So cutting down the weeds around the lumber pile is a bad thing. Checking on the dogs is just as bad. Going in the garage for water – totally unacceptable.
Despite my ignorance of wrenches and my penchant for wandering off when needed, I now have my five raised beds filled with amended soil. One is devoted to asparagus. One – the little one – is designated for strawberries per my husband. Strawberry shortcake comes up in discussions quite frequently now.
The remaining three are mine to do with as I wish. So, one for lettuces, spinach, and kale. One for root veggies, carrots, beets, onions, and garlic. One for squash and melons. The beans and cucumbers will probably end up where they’ve been for the past couple of years, near the house.
Now I just have to check on the chart that tells me what veggies grow well with what other veggies. Then it gets run by my gardening mentor to answer questions about fertilizers and – horrors – pesticides. Is it possible to garden in Kansas without pesticides? Hope so…