So I headed out to the local Home Depot, bought some wood and some new screw bits for my power drill (having ruined the other ones I had on my last raised bed), and headed home. First I mowed the grass.
Now... I've always been a grass mower. I was recuited to the job by my father at a young age. We had about an acre of yard with the house in the middle and I was taught, "Always blow the clippings away from the house." This method, being tried and true to making a rake-free yard, and making nice even lines on the yard, has pretty much been the norm my entire life. We moved to our own house, and I blew the clippings away from the house. away from the house! AWAY FROM THE HOUSE!!! *twitch*
So last summer, our old lawn mower finally gave up and died. Plus it used soo much gasoline that I wanted to get something slightly greener, even if it was still a gas mower. We got a model with a bag. I was so excited. I bagged the clippings and added them to my compost where they turned into wonderful food for my gardens. It also had a mulching feature, which I had read and heard is very good for yards.
Today, after much consideration, I decided, I would not bag. I would not blow the clippings out of the yard in a certain direction! It was time to mulch! And mulch I did. I feared of clumps of clippings dropping off the blades and leaving ugly green masses that would turn brown and then kill the grass under them. This did not happen!!! I was thrilled. Even the dense grass that I hadn't mowed at all yet this year didn't clump. And now the clippings are embeded in my grass to feed it! I am pleased.
So I had the area for the raised bed mowed(sorry about the tangent). And I got to work. Mom watched the baby, and I got most of the base done, and finished the second layer after hubby got home. I think it turned out very well. Tomorrow I will get dirt and mulch and really work on my gardens.
Three raised beds!!!
My mescalin mix is almost ready to eat!
The broccoli is also doing well.I really love growing my own veggies. I hope to get some of the tomatoes in in the next couple of days, depending on my dirt progress tomorrow.