I’m spending this week getting my 20′ x 40′ garden plot ready. 20 feet x 40 feet doesn’t sound very big until you have to dig every inch of it up. Then it’s big. It’s very big. Clown shoes big.
I just realized I didn’t tell you what I was getting it ready for. Space ship landings mainly. The occasional Bea Arthur festival.
And vegetables. As a single woman who only eats one big meal a day, I have absolutely no business growing 800 square feet of vegetables. Which is why I’m devoting 32 square feet of it to flowers. That brings my vegetable growing footage down to a reasonable 768 square feet. But before I can do any of that I have to shovel this thing into shape.
And for me to be able to do that I have to take a week off. My plan is to turn the soil, which you can see me attempting to do in the above photo, taken by fellow gardener Leo Muzzin. That’s a U Bar from Lee Valley which is completely and utterly useless to me because I don’t weigh enough. I literally have to jump up and down on it like a cartoon kangaroo for it to move an inch into the soil. Big man? No problem. This thing is great for them. They love it. But if you’re under 200 pounds it isn’t the best choice for you.
I wasn’t sure if it was just me and my weight so I asked Ron if he could test the U Bar out for me. Just do a row to see if it works for you. Yup. Look at that. Works just fine for Ron. I should probably have Greg test it too. Just to make sure. Well look at that, Greg did around 5 rows and it worked for him no problem. And that is how I proceeded to trick all the men in my community garden to help me dig up my plot.
So once I get the whole thing dug up, I have to break up all the clods of earth, and then rake them out. Then I’ll grade the whole thing so it’s nice and flat. This year I’ll be trying out square foot gardening so that means I have to make a bunch of raised beds. Not raised really so much as just marked off with 2x4s. My hope is that it makes weeding and gardening easier in general. If not, it doesn’t really matter because there’s Ron and Greg. And Thomas! Almost forgot about Thomas. And Leo and Adam and Joseph. And the other men at the community garden who I don’t know by name, but rather by their clothing or characteristics. Like garlic man. Or T-Bar giver. And of course everyone’s favourite, Shorts too Short. Just kidding. Everyone’s shorts at the garden are of regulation length.
This is how my plan looks for my 800 square feet for the time being. I always leave a few empty spots for mystery/experimental/spur of the moment/surprise plants.
By the end of this week everything should be planted and ready. What I’m here to tell you today is the posts this week will not be posts at all, but just photos of what I’m doing. There may or may not be a sentence with those photos. You know. So you don’t miss me.
Or wonder who ran away from home this time.
Everything’s fine, everything’s good, there’s nothing for you to worry about.
I’m just getting everything ready for the space ship landing.