Alrighty folks. I'm sick of waiting, so I'm getting to it. We're getting the garden ready.
Before I can start planting we need to be sure our beds are ready. Last year we did the narrow rows as is so often seen in vegetable gardens, but they didn't do well at all. Now, as I said before, I'm no green thumb gardener so I can't blame it entirely on the width of the rows but I'm sure it didn't help. So this year we're trying out the methods in Ed Smith's Vegetable Gardener's Bible with the wide rows and raised/deep beds. Personally, when I think of raised beds I always envision lovely little wooden boxes filled with a garden. Well, we're too cheap to buy wood for our raised beds so we're going to just pile up the soil and call it good.
After all the beds are created I'll go through each one with a garden fork to aerate the soil a bit. This is the non-tilling option that is supposed to be much more soil-friendly. I'm excited, once these beds are created we could just leave them for the long haul, each year adding more organic matter and compost to enrich the soil. As for the walkways, I'm planning on laying down a few layers of newspaper and then covering them in a bit of straw to block out weeds.
Now if only I had a broadfork...