Finally Ready!!

Well, it’s finally done!  Earlier this week we finished up removing the grass for the garden space!

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This was the last spot where we needed to pull up the grass!  All along in this project I kept telling myself I needed to just go rent a sod cutter and that would make it easier.  But then I’d go out and spend an hour and be happy with the progress I made so I would put it off.  In the end we did the whole project by hand and really it wasn’t that bad.  Yes it was hard work but if you look at the total hours we spent, I’ll bet it was only about 10 or so hours work.  So really not too bad!

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Our neighbor took the last of the grass to fill a bare spot in his yard so that helped because we didn’t need to worry about getting rid of that grass.

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The total space is 30′ by 32′.  So a total of 960 square feet.  By the time you take out paths the plant-able area drops down to around 650.  You can see the garden has a beautiful south face to it.   So it will get ton’s of sun.  The only real problem is that the chain link fence you see at the back of the yard will be replaced later this year with a 8 foot precast concrete fence.  There are some commercial buildings going in to the south of us and that fence is part of the requirements for building there.  That fence will really cut down on the sun on the bed furthest to the south so we may end up making some changes, we will just have to wait and see what the real impact of that fence will be.

The eventual plan is to add boxes, they will be all 4 foot boxes that will run the same direction as the current beds.  But I decided to work with the space for a year and wait for that fence to go in before I start any permanent structures.   Everything is ready just in time to start planting!  The first tomatoes will go in the wall-o-waters this week!

We did have a small amount of harvesting this week, not a ton just a little lettuce and spinach.  Here are this weeks totals:

Lettuce – .25 lbs

Spinach – .50 lbs

Total – .75 lbs

I will be joining several blog hops this week including the Tuesday Garden Party at an Oregon Cottage, Garden Tuesday at Sidewalk Shoes, The Homestead Barn Hop at The Prairie Homestead and of course the Monday Harvest Report at Daphne’s Dandelions!  Also remember if you haven’t already done so be sure to like Stoney Acres on Facebook!  Thanks for reading!That brings us up to 39 pounds for the year.

 

 

9 Comments

  1. Andrea April 21, 2014 12:33 pm Reply

    Nice work! And all by hand, wow! This will be a great space. I understand wanting to wait on any permanent structures until that fence goes in. I’ll be checking on the progress! 🙂

    http://www.littlebigharvest.blogspot.com

    • Mr. Stoney April 21, 2014 1:16 pm Reply

      Whew, yes it was a lot of work so I’m glad it’s done!! Now it’s time for planting!! 🙂

  2. Michelle April 21, 2014 2:44 pm Reply

    It must be exciting to have made such significant progress in you garden project. It’s too bad about the wall, but I guess it’s better than having a full-on view of the commercial space. I hope it doesn’t impact your garden too much.

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    • Mr. Stoney April 21, 2014 3:33 pm Reply

      We are really excited to get planting!! We knew some commercial project would be coming before we moved in so we were planning on the wall, it just happened sooner than we were hoping. But it’s all good!

  3. Norma Chang April 21, 2014 5:48 pm Reply

    Congrats, quite an accomplishment. Looking forward to reading about your bountiful harvests.

    http://gardentowok.com

  4. mac April 22, 2014 12:16 am Reply

    That’s a lot of hard work, it’s a BIG veggie garden, congrats on your accomplishment.

    http://highdesertgarden.com

  5. Daphne April 22, 2014 5:21 am Reply

    It must be exciting to have it all done. Good luck with the new garden.

    http://daphnesdandelions.blogspot.com/

  6. pam (sidewalk shoes) April 22, 2014 10:13 am Reply

    Wow, that is quite an undertaking! You did good. I hope the new fence doesn’t impact your sun too much.

    http://www.sidewalkshoes.com

  7. Nancy Davis April 22, 2014 7:36 pm Reply

    Looks good! Sure looks like a ton of work but just think you don’t have to go to the health club! Nancy

    http://cozythymecottage.blogspot.com/

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