We finally have some sun in Seattle. Last year we had to wait until June for sunshine. I swear I was a few weeks away from hanging myself. This nice weather is giving me a serious case of Spring Fever! Even with a pile of serious work to do I'm compelled to dig in the garden... that and buying a $4 head of lettuce. Seriously should lettuce cost $4 per head?! It was organic, but still, that's ridiculous.
We just moved into a new house a few months ago. At our old home I had a small, fairly well established garden that provided us with a decent amount of veggies during the summer. This new place is a blank slate, but it's a good canvas... there's not a lot of stuff I have to remove and it's flat. I just have to build the beds and till the soil. I feel like I'm racing against time to build my beds, everyday I wait to plant is a good growing day wasted.
This is the sunniest part of the yard by our boxwood hedge. It's close to house and the water supply.
I have no idea what I'm doing. I found a bundle of 2x4's by the side of the house and decided to sketch out some bed designs. I like sketching on paper, but this gives me a much better visual. All in all I'm going to start with 4-5 beds. I think this will grow WAY MORE than 2 people can ever eat. I only had 1.5 beds in the old house. This will give me room to do root veggies, onions, garlic, broccoli and cabbages. I can also set aside some space for a winter garden. When we had the smaller space I stuck to high output crops like spinach, lettuce, tomatoes and beans.
An overhead shot from the kitchen window. You can see 3.5 beds laid out here. I've made them 8'wide by 4'deep with a 20"-24' footpath in between. I'm planning out what I need for materials today and hopefully I can get this built next week.