Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Gardening in the Ground

Sunday was one of my favorite days in a long time. I went to see the new plot we will be using for our serious veggie garden in the back of my friend's house. We took a look at the yard and decided on two plot areas (with potential to grow it.. his yard is huge!). The first area is 9 ft x 6 ft and the second is 16 ft by 7 ft. 166 square feet! We are going to have so much food.

We spent a couple hours cleaning off the brinks and cement from the larger plot area and cleaning the area. We are going to spend time planning for where and what we will grow. I will be sure to share the plan. Here are the "before" images.

We spent a lot of time talking about the soil quality. We were uncertain about the steps with regards to the soil. So, my friend got in touch with his father (who is very experienced with this type of activity). We decided after the consultation to add compost, maybe 5 to 10 bags, and fertilizer. We decided that no added soil is necessary or required.

But we are going to get the soil tested so we know if we need to adjust the pH by adding lime (has to be done before compost is added). Also, knowing the nutrients will tell us how much and which kind of fertilizer to use. We will be getting the test done in DC, you can find the information here.

My friend is getting into it with a book called Worms Eat on My Garbage to learn more about vermiculture.

We are on our way.

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