Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Always Expanding

I can safely say that the only thing that expands faster than my waist line around here is the garden. I've been drooling over additional beds since last summer when the man built the other corner yard for me, but I've logistically had to wait for the trees to fill in to get an adequate idea of where the shadows would fall. The trees are just about filled in enough, so last night, he built these for me.

Ta Da!

Both boxes are 6x4 and will have trellises moved a foot up from the back so I can plant on both sides. I learned from last time!

Here's how the boxes sit in relation to the original corner yard.
In about an hour, I'll start seeing where the shadow of the trellis falls and position the boxes first according to that. Then, as the day goes on, I'll judge the rest until the sun moves behind the tree line which is right there where the grass ends behind the beds. I'm really hopeful that we'll get a good amount of sun. I've got my fingers crossed.
Technically, our first frost free date should be April 25 or thereabouts, but the temps have been so nice recently and there's nothing under 45 in the long range forecast. I saw EG was planting out some cucumbers and I sighed. My broccoli in the corner yard is where I had slated for my cucumbers to go, but they show no signs of being done soon. Once again, EG made me look outside the box. Actually, outside one and into another. I'll move the cucumbers to one of my new beds and swap out the lima beans to the broccoli bed which will go in later, anyway.
Hopefully I can get these beds filled and planted by the end of the week!


  1. Congrats on the new space! I too, am antsy - and am planting my tomatoes out today. I have reservations, but there is no change to our warm weather in the forecast, but I still am nervous about it!

  2. It's good to look outside the box sometimes - especially when it'll be more productive. How many corner yards do you have? hehe

  3. Erin, I'm biting the bullet, too.

    Let's see, EG...I've got the side yard, the original corner yard. The other corner yard and now this one which is really just the semi corner yard since it's almost in the middle of the yard....but not quite. :)

  4. Nice boxes, and perfect way to be patient in your planning. I like how you checked the sun exposure throughout the day. Nicely done!

  5. Garden expanding is fun! So many added possibilities.

  6. Nothing better then new beds! I have put in one of mine so far but I have been think the other one may be to shady. I will wait for the sun to go higher in the sky before putting that one in.

  7. Very cool! More garden is always good!