Last year I was late getting my garden in shape for Spring planting. I resolved to not allow that to happen this year. All that weeding, bending and stooping does a number on my back. lol Instead of waiting until after the weeding, etc., is done, I've started taking 3 baby aspirin and a very mild pain medication about 30 minutes before I go outside. I doubt I've taken more than 10 pills since the prescription was filled in April, 2010, but this past week I've taken at least 5 or 6 and more aspirin than I've taken in a year. And, I've only concentrated on the little garden at the edge of the yard. I shutter to think of how stiff I will be after working in the big garden.
This is what the little garden looked like last week -- covered in grass and weeds.
I finished weeding this one today. Even though the weeding is work, it is not as much as it is when starting a new garden from scratch. I rearranged the black edging to suit me which made the garden a little bigger. I also dug a trench a few inches away from the fence line so it will be easier to cut the grass around it in the summer. I wanted to do that last year; but, frankly, I was tired of working it. When the soil is delivered Monday, I'll work more compost and the Rose Magic into the rows. I did two 1 foot wide rows on each side with a big row of about 3 feet wide in the middle. I can easily reach into the larger row from both sides to weed. Now it's a matter of planting veggies with the same water needs.
I am so excited that The Lady Bug Natural Brand Soil Yard & Manufacturing headquarters are located about 5 miles from me. They just opened this week. Previously, I drove into Austin. Not so now! Luc and I went by there yesterday.
I ordered 3 cubic yards of their Rose Magic soil and 3 yards of Revitalizer compost which is to be delivered Monday. Lady Bug is mixing the soils together for me which is a big help.
You can bag it yourself or purchase it already bagged. I picked up a couple of bags to work into the little garden while I'm waiting for the delivery of the 6 cubic yards on Monday. Next time I buy the smaller quantity, I'll bag it myself; but since I've much more bending and stooping to do, my back told me to get the prepackage bags.
I bought a few cold weather veggies at Home Depot so I can get started doing some planting right now. I'm looking for strawberry plants which I think The Natural Gardner has in stock. I plan to run into Austin after church since I'm half way to Austin anyway. I maximize my trips; I never do one thing. There are usually 3-4 or more errands to do when I leave my house.
Until next time, God bless.