written by Yvonne
We love using our rain barrels, but they haven't been at the right height in relation to the garden for us to use them efficiently.
Last weekend we drained the barrels and this weekend we added more cinder blocks to make them higher. Now we just need a good rain to see if they work any better.
I harvested about a pound and a half of collards and took them over to our neighbor. We still have plenty left for dinners next week.
The spinach really popped up after a good watering.
Garlic seems to be doing well too.
This weekend we planted carrots and lettuce in Bed #1.
We also planted potatoes.
They look like dirt clots, but these are the seed potatoes.
Among the potatoes we also planted onions.
All of the above only took about an hour's worth of time. Maybe a little longer. The bulk of the weekend we spent doing general lawn maintenance. I didn't want to write too much about that because there's not much exciting about trimming hedges and such. However, Tom got an electric chainsaw and went to town on three dead treas, some out of control ornamental grass, and a few ugly things we've been dying to get rid of.
This is the end product of Tom's hard work.
We find this quite funny. If you go onto Google, you can pull up a picture of your house and view it from a satellite view. The house in the middle below is ours. If you look closely you'll see that this picture was taken as we were building boxes 3 and 4 last year. You can see the planks of wood from three sides of a box laid out on the ground. If you can't see what I'm describing, email me and I'll give you our address so you can look it up.