Monday, June 2, 2014

Digging Trenches

I have yet to get any of my squash, beans or sweet potato slips in the ground.  Although I am readily willing to admit it is because I am a total sloth, I really did need Paul to do some site prep; namely dig some trenches for me to put aforementioned seeds / slips into the ground.

This is a cross-section of what our ground looks like.......notice that I did not say "dirt" or "soil" as that would lead one to believe that there was actual dirt or soil in that ground:

So this is what Paul used to dig those trenches:
Ripper teeth as big as my 5-year old....
all to plant some stinking 'taters.

Yes.  I  know.  It could have been done by hand.  And actually, I did dig holes last year to put squash seeds in.  With a rock bar.  Don't know what a rock bar is?  Imagine a six foot, forty pound steel spear that you use to (try to) break a hole through the ground.  I saw MamaPea's recent blog post showing off her raised beds containing what I can only describe as heavenly, soft, beautiful, glorious soil and I wept all over my keyboard.

My plan is to have at least one row planted with sweet potato slips, one of summer squash, one of bush beans and three of winter squash / pumpkins.  I'll put the slips / seeds into the trenches, cover them with what little dirt there is after picking rocks out, then cover it with compost and rotted hay.  Hopefully this new garden area will be amended year after year with whatever other organic biomass we can find around here and should support some sort of vegetable and fruit plants.  One day.  Hopefully before I'm dead.

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  1. Whew! At first I thought Paul used your 5 y/o to dig trenches! :) I am so with you on the more-rock-than-dirt thing. It is not a coincidence that there are two gravel pits on my road.

  2. Ha! I was just thinking about quitting blogging for the Summer. I guess I needed to be challenged. I'm in :)))))
    Love the illustration of your garden. Maybe Paul could build you some raised beds. I love mine :))))

  3. We have pretty much the same situation around here with the rocks...I own (and am always using!) the rock bar....wishing I had the power equipment!!

    And we're using your challenge to leap back into count us in!

  4. Carolyn, I think Kelly is right. Paul needs to build you raised gardens. Then you can truck load real black soil in and be done with it. :-)

  5. Yeah, I'm voting for the raised beds, too. Many of us are challenged with rocky ground but I think your piece of land takes the cake. One of the reasons we started with raised beds was because the whole area where my garden is was a graveled parking lot. Not much else we could do but go with the raised beds. Have you given them serious thought?