I’ve been remiss in not reporting on the planting I did several weeks ago when the weather was ridiculously nice. We currently have red leaf and butter crunch lettuces in the first raised bed, Texas sweet onions and bell peppers in the second, a three-year old asparagus patch in the third with green beans. I also planted two cherry tomato plants in five gallon buckets. I’m almost finished building a fourth raised bed with deck boards which will have cucumbers and zucchini.
As things progress, I’ll have pics. I couldn’t bear another year with the bird netting, so I fastened yard fence I’d used for the roses to the tomato fences and created metal frames I can remove from the raised beds. This keeps out the cats, rabbits and squirrels, while giving me easy access. I’m really excited about the new raised bed with notched deck boards, which is a lot less work than the landscaping timbers I used previously.
Rather than fight the mosquitoes with chemicals again this year, the Wife bought a 10′ x 10′ gazebo with a cloth top and netting on sale at Sears recently. I’ve got to pour concrete for the four corners and construct a level pad with pavers in the back yard upon which to erect it. With that and the raised beds, the amount of grass I have to mow is decreasing all the time and that’s fine with me.