Friday night, the Anderson Soiree in historic downtown. Twas great fun –beautiful weather, live music, happy people, and pulled pork & beer on the sidewalk. I really love living near downtown… told Bobby the other day that if we ever move, it’ll be no farther than one street over, on what’s known as Boulevard. He agreed. Of course, we’d have to win the lottery for that to happen, but whatever. I overheard this comment (said in a disparaging tone): “Well, Anderson will never be Greenville.” My response (in my head, not out loud): Yep, thus it’s charm. Yay for Anderson.
Have I mentioned that I love living here? Ok, just making sure :)
Saturday, the raised bed vs. ground-level garden debate continued. After much measuring, and sketching, and calculating, and googling, we decided to do one raised “test” bed, with the remainder at ground level. Headed to the store, where we stocked up on supplies. The great thing about raised bed gardening? It doesn’t matter what kind of soil you “naturally” have, because you can create the perfect combo. Some of you have mentioned that you might be interested in the details, so I’m gonna note them here (I figure it’ll be a nice reference for next year’s gardening attempt as well).
For a 8 ft x 4 ft x 1 ft bed, we bought:
- 6pcs of 2x6x8 environmentally-friendly treated lumber
- 1pc of 4x4x6 lumber
- 12 40lb bags of el-cheapo top soil
- 2 2-cu.ft. bags of peat moss
- 3 40lb bags of Moo-Nure (yes, they sell cow poop & charge $3 per bag)
- 2 50lb bags of sand (mixed in for improved drainage)
The finished bed looked like this… only took about an hour to make. Also mixed in some compost from grass clippings/leaves/etc. Final cost, including bed & soil = $100.
Planted for the rest of the day:
- 4 large tomatoes (2 Better Boys & 2 Big Boys… am doing a test to see what’s the difference)
- 4 cherry tomatoes
- 6 cucumbers (am gonna cage them this year so that they grow up instead of out)
- 2 sweet banana peppers
- 2 bell peppers
- 3 zucchini
- 2 watermelons
- herbs — basil, mint, cilantro, & parsley. Plan to do chives also.
Also gonna do a row each of white & red potatoes, but I’m waiting for them to sprout eyes (you know those creepy little sprigs that grow out of taters after they’ve been sitting a while? Well, if you chop them up and plant them, they grow. Craziness.)
So ok, this concludes the one where I talk about my garden.