Why? Well, I just hated to face it. Bermuda grass has invaded the beds. (We have coastal, which is a tall grass good for grazing or hay - and VERY invasive!) In an effort to help control this, I put down plastic around the raised beds. (Thanks for helping, Andrew!) But that has done nothing but hold water and given the mosquitos a place to breed. It's ridiculous to have mosquitos and a drought at the same time!
Eventually I want to put a brick paver pathway around the raised beds, hopefully controlling the water runoff and the grass at the same time. Not sure if that's a plan, or just a hope. But that's a project I've not begun. So I've postponed tending to the fall garden.
But that all changed yesterday. Yesterday Mr. Holleygarden shamed me into doing something about the fall garden. He finished planting his garden. And I could not be outdone! So, out in the heat I went.
|The rooster stands watch over the vegetable garden.|
First I pulled up all the old plants (and most of the bermuda that was in the bed). Then added compost. Planted the tomato plants I picked up at the garden center (heirlooms!). And put seeds into the soil. Finished with a good watering with the sprinkler.
Ta-da! Finished! Shame is gone. It has been replaced by hope.
|You can see the plastic. How ugly!|
Except, of course, there's still the bermuda grass to deal with. And the hardscape to lay.
It seems a gardener's work is never done!