You ask what have we been up to? Well as the weather warms I have been spending my time in the back yard working hard. I spent the 2 months of "winter" in our new home trying to plot out the best location for a garden. For this year it is along the east side of the back yard. This plot of dirt originally had cedars running along the fence; they were only a few years old so this made them prime targets for successful transplant to someone else yard. Thanks to Freecycle and Craigs List they were all gone in about 2 weeks; all 64 of them. We kept 3 that we relocated to the back of the yard to create a visual barrier. Eventually behind the cedars will be a potting bench and a compost bin.
I know some of you are thinking why remove all the cedars they were hiding that ugly chain link fence well we have other plans that will hide that fence in a few years. This includes hopefully a new fence and some berry bushes and trees, but for now taking the Cedars out gave me a great temporary space to plant vegetables for the next few years.
As you can see in the picture we have started planting and I still need to work on turning the rest of the dirt and adding some nice black earth to the top and so on. I will be planting cucumbers, tomatoes, string beans, peas, kale and radishes to name a few.
More picture to come as the work progresses.