It's been a very productive week here at the Woolen Rabbit! You may remember this garden bed from last year. It's a nice big 16x18 foot plot, but I have to admit as I am getting older, it is getting harder and harder to be working on my hands and knees.
Over the winter I read the books, Lasagna Gardening and Square Foot Gardening. I decided to go with the SFG plan for a few reasons. The biggest being that I could buy the ingredients for the beds, fill them and get planting right away.
I have to tell you, Mr Woolen Rabbit is a pretty good guy. A number of years ago I had him make raised beds for me and then a few years later we dismantled them and planted grass as life was just too busy for gardening with the kids and all of their activities and all of my hobbies.
Last year the gardening itch returned and he obliged me by rotilling the garden bed and putting up the fence to keep the local Moose out. This year when I told him that I really really wanted to use raised beds again to help my aging knees....he groaned, but didn't complain. Yep............this guy is a keepa for sure!
We purchased the wood to make (4) 3x6x12 beds and one larger 3x12x12 bed (for corn or strawberries). The weekend before last Ken cranked out the beds, we installed them in the garden....then I had to wait for our local compost man to bring me a bucket load.
I waited and waited and waited.....grrr........finally almost a week later he delivered the compost. I will be starting a compost pile of my own this year.....just sayin'.
During the week, I filled each bed with an equal mixture of Peat Moss, Vermiculite and compost. Whew........those big bags were heavy but I was determined to have these beds finished before the anticipated 3 days of rain began.
Next it was on to the perennial bed on the side of the house. I think that I picked THE buggiest day to weed and plant....OUCH....damn black flies!
Unfortunately Mr. Woolen Rabbit managed to catch the same stomach bug that kept me in bed for a few days, so I was on my own to lug all of the heavy bags of earth enhancer for the perennial garden and the 15 big bags of mulch for the vegetable garden paths. (yep...Mountain Mama as Ash likes to call me...LOL)
Poor guy........this bug is NOT fun. Thankfully he is feeling a bit better tonight.
In between all of the digging, planting and scratching bug bites, I have managed to get a little quality knitting in.....yay!
Susan's pattern is such a pretty way to sample a new yarn that I will be carrying in the store. An incredibly soft blend of silk and linen lace yarn. I am dyeing up a few colors so that I can get them listed over the weekend in the online shop.
It's a bit fragile to wind, but so worth the effort.......I have not been disappointed as it is knitting up.
Susan's pattern is very well written and easy to follow along with. I was smitten with this shawl from the very first time I saw her. Thank~you Susan for a beautiful design!