I have been pretty quiet over the last couple of weeks, but that it mostly because I have been productive. Over the next couple of posts, I will share some of the things that I have been doing.
Probably the biggest thing I did was work in the back yard. Scott and I have been filling our new raised beds, in preparation for our last frost date this past Sunday. Unfortunately, rain has limited our progress on that, so we haven't been able to plant yet.
We have reduced the piles of dirt and compost we had delivered by half.
During the week, I weeded the vegetable garden, the paths, and the bed just outside the gate.
I also planted heirloom Yellow Finn and German Butterball potatoes from Seed Saver Exchange in one of the beds. We had tons leftover, so I discussed with Scott an idea I had about where they could go.
I don't think I've shown this before, because it was pretty embarrassing. It's the brush and compost pile area in our backyard. Unfortunately, it's also the area you see when you walk through the gate, and it wasn't contained at all. Need proof?
Fortunately, these are "before" pictures.
I removed thirteen or fourteen bags full of sticks, decomposing leaves, hunks of wood and grass clippings from this area.
I'm still working on the area near the stump that Scott uses for splitting wood, because I started to come across buried rocks.
Still, you probably never would have guessed that there was a brick edging under there.
I planted potatoes in the part that I had totally cleared out. After planting two 12' rows of potatoes, we gave the remaining seed potatoes to a friend.
Finally, here's the current state of that area. It will only get better from here, but it's still a huge contrast!