The world’s best husband has made me a raised garden bed! It doesn’t get any better than that, baby!
So after recovering from a hard winter (by West Coast standards anyway!) we have had a cool spring. The word on the street is that gardens everywhere are at least a month behind schedule-and a full two months from last year (who can forget our snow-less winter Olympics?!). So it’s been a long time coming, but it looks like we’re ready to go; if only we can get the weather to cooperate.
Having just moved, I am, again, starting a new garden from scratch. And just like real estate, it’s all about location, location, location. The key to a good garden is of course sunshine; ideally 6-8 hours per day. The bed, whether raised or in ground, needs to have good drainage and a pH anywhere from 5.5 to 7.5. Soil here on the West Coast tends to be quite acidic; adding dolomite lime will help raise the pH and is especially important in container gardening.
So we’ve used the wonderful naturally rot resistant West Coast cedar; 8’x8‘x12” and filled it with almost two yards of premium garden fill (25% sand 50% composted bark mulch and 25% compost) from Fraser Richmond Soil & Fibre. The plan is to add two bags of the fabulous organic amendment SeaSoil and get planting-we’ll see when that happens!
Now if only I can get that damn dog to stop playing in it!!!