last project of the season – raised vegetable bed

I can tell I’ve burned myself out on garden work this year because the back garden is quite weedy at the moment and usually, even if I don’t have much time or energy, I can find the time to at least pull the tops off the weeds so they don’t go to seed.  But today I just stared at them through the window.  Fortunately, garden progress is still happening because my handy husband is building us a raised bed!

The back of the yard here is prime veggie garden territory thanks to all the sun it gets.   I’d like to get the box finished and filled up before fall so it’s ready to plant first thing in spring.  Once it gets staked down, I’ll put cardboard in the bottom to smother the grass, then fill it up with some homemade compost mixed with some purchased potting soil and vermiculite to keep things light.

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Thinking of doing the same?  Here is some info about raised bed veggie gardening from my old Calgary Garden Coach blog:

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fruit bounty

Just came home from over a week away to Saskatoon and raspberry shrubs loaded down with fruit:

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What a wonderful thing to come home to!

Unfortunately we are in the middle of a kitchen reno so I can’t try any yummy looking recipes that others have recently posted, so at our house we are eating and freezing as many as possible at the moment.  But I am bookmarking this recipe for next year:

Recipe: Saskatoon berry drink mix, two ways.

Another goal for next year will be to clean up the raspberry patch – stake them better and dig out all those thistles…

sizing up the vegetable garden

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Now that I’ve got most of perennials happily settled in their permanent places, I’m turning my attention to the veggie garden.  I’d like to put in two raised beds back here. I had raised beds at my old house and they were the best thing I ever did – you fill them up and have perfect, unwalked on, well-draining soil, plus you don’t have to bend over so far to weed and harvest.   The boxes will be similar to the ones at my old house, except that this time I’ll have a 4’x4′ and a 4’x8′.  We want to get them built this summer and filled so that they’re ready to plant first thing in spring – maybe even a fall seeding of a few things if we get them done in time!

 

And yes, those are dandelions in the grass.  The Edmonton infestation includes my own backyard.  😦

 

 

the Orchard garden planted

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After a busy gardening week-end, I’m too tired to write much but here’s a quick look at the orchard garden (north-west corner, above).  What’s here?  Left to right-ish: a purple bugbane, coral bells ‘Red Sea’, variegated Solomon’s seal, 3 deschampsia cespitosa ‘Goldtau’; Evans cherry tree, 5 sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, 3 spirea ‘Dakota Goldcharm’, haskap ‘Aurora Borealis’, green onions, and rhubarb.

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South-west corner, above: Veronica ‘Aztec Gold’, 3 sedum ‘Matrona’, coral bells, 3 deschampsia Cespitosa ‘Goldtau’, dwarf cedar ‘Hetz Midget’, Evans cherry tree, 2 bergenia, 2 Boman’s root, Lady’s Mantle.

To see how this garden has developed, click here and scroll down.