|bed comes complete with steel dog shield |
and horseradish bug shield
So I built and planted a single-layer raised bed, and once everything is respectably growing, I'm going to add a second level of blocks and fill it up with the leaf-compost on the left. This year I won't go any higher than two levels since I don't want the soil to get too warm. But it also ought to prove once and for all whether raising the soil level on growing plants can be all that it's chalked up to be.
If it works, I'll probably tear it back to one level to start again, or maybe half-empty another bed to plant next spring in the interests of crop rotation. In either case, the top layer(s) will be pretty much 100% compost.
Also added today:
2 Almond trees
4 Chestnut trees
Some strawberries to replace the ones my dog moved in order to plant a deer jawbone on the east end of the strawberry patch.
* if by 'well' we ignore their primary purpose, which was, you know, growing potatoes. But they measured almost 6' from the top of the plants to the lowest potato, pathetic as that potato was.