Honestly I don't remember being this tired in a very long time. And a little grumpy. Instead of being happy that my new garden is getting more "real" I'm grumpy that it's no where ready to be really used. And if we keep crawling in this pace I'm not sure when it will be completed :( ok, back up for a bit. This Friday afternoon we got our soil delivered - 20 yards of it. The company promised that it was garden soil and ready to plant right away as it should have sand and compost mixed into it. Well when I got it my heart just sank down to the bottom - there is no way this can be used as is in the garden. Heavy gray clay with some sand and no compost or organic matter worth mentioning. I wouldn't bother calling this "garden" soil. So on top of prospect of shoveling 20 yards into the raised beds I had to trek to the local store and got 2 bales of peat and 2 packages of vermiculite so I can at least start doing something with this mess. And on top of that my husband is down with stomach flu so he can't really do much to help because he's very uncomfortable with stomach pains - but he tried to help a little bit anyway. So for about 3 hrs Friday afternoon I spent shoveling dirt into wheel cart, pushing it up the lawn toward the new raised bed frames and dumping it out. Then after it got dark was trek to the store for peat moss and vermiculite. So in the morning I mixed one bale of peat and one bag of vermiculite into the first bed - the bottom right side of the garden and planted some of the potatoes - Red Bliss on the left side of the L-shape, Yukon Gold on the bottom right and regular white potatoes in the rest of the bed. You can see wooden labels separating areas and marking where each variety starts. This was not originally in my plans for this bed, but because of the delay with making this garden I didn't want to waste any more time and just start planting whatever got available first. And even if the fencing is not in place yet and the rest of the beds are not complete I thought it would be ok to plant potatoes as animals usually don't bother them too much. Tomorrow I hope to complete one more bed and plant onions - it will be shared with tomatoes later on (I'll block off areas where they'll be planted). At least I hope we'll get more done soon.
Then I also spent an hour in my old garden area and planted more peas - they are a bush variety that doesn't require support so I made 3 rows of them and hope they'll be ok to grow. I might add a low trellis to support them anyway but that's next weekend. I also planted few of the purple potatoes that I had from last year. They already had sprouted so hope it will grow nicely. And I planted 4 fingerling's just for kicks. I found them on the bottom of my potato basket that was stored in the garage and just tossed them in - if they grow then it's great and if not no big loss. I'm not a big fan of them but my hubby likes them in potato salad.
So long and tiring day and tomorrow will be more. My back is killing me and my right arm refuses to work anymore. Oh well. It's all worth it. Or at least I keep saying so to myself - it will be all worth it once it's all completed and nicely green and pretty. Oy.