more boxes

the north side of the house gets more than enough sun so i plan to add two 4 x 8 boxes for cool weather crops but first i must dig out the astilbe, hosta’s and ferns for inclusion in my « west coast » garden, now my sole ornamental garden.

a new tomato box adjacent to the chicken run (lots of sun). all going well i can have those built this week. then the innumerable trips to rosedale for yards of soil.

now for the rearranging of the other boxes. i moved one in the fall to accommodate a small lean-to greenhouse i will add in the spring along with an area for my compost bins.

raised beds

for my birthday in february i got a radial arm saw and bench.  this week was the first time i’ve used it, a combination of being too busy and a little hesitancy about power tools. it turned out to be easier than i anticipated.

the laser line and bench made it all so easy to measure and cut the 2 x 12 boards for the raised beds.  i made three 8 x 4 and two 4 x 4 boxes.  they are sitting in the yard waiting for the next steps…till the clay and add some soil and manure.  each box needs a cubic yard so i see several trips for soil in my near future, along with the tiller rental.  please stand by…


yes, i’m getting serious about this garden stuff!  this morning, after taking max for his walk, i loaded up the trailer to scavenge leaf piles and old grass clippings  thrown on the side of the roads.  the leaves still have a way to go but the grass must have been there for a long time as it was almost completely composted.  i’ll have to go back for more!  i’ve started the two composters, much to rick’s relief as he has been saving egg shells, veggie  peels etc for about three weeks now. later today i may tackle my new saw and start the frames for the raised beds…gotta have someplace to put the compost when its done;)


we’ve had two days of glorious sunshine and yesterday’s torrential rain/snow/hail/rain that lasted the entire day. this morning, wednesday , march 21 is awesome. the mountains are white and the sky is blue!

yesterday i bought my first pair of gum boots at canyon cable (chainsaws etc). these are the first pair i’ve owned since i was 10 or so. these are not your average boots though – they are industrial strength and will last me many years. i’ve also picked up the wood to build my raised vegetable beds and 2 lbs of wood screws – next step…read the instructions for my new radial arm saw i received for my birthday.