We have a start on the new herb beds in the front yard! I have to build on top of the soil as they happen to be right over the public utilities, so I’m doing things a bit different, but as long as I don’t damage something I shouldn’t have any trouble. No stakes going into the ground or anything, so I have to build boxes.
First I had to make up my mind how I was going to do this. I really like meandering paths and odd shaped beds, but it’s a rectangle yard and made sense to do a rectangle bed, at least on the outer edges to frame in the yard. Plus, some friends (John and Beverly) were kind enough to give me some old wood perfect for this task.
I had to get this done as my goat barn compost needed somewhere to go. After laying out a weed-cloth, framing the beds, and leveling as needed, I laid thick layers of newspaper and cardboard in the bottom of the beds to help kill off the grass, then topped with barn cleaning mulch.
Okay, and now to see my destruction side by side;
The other side will have the bees, or at least I hope it will. I told the neighbor my plans and he sort of looked like he might fall down. It’s next to his driveway, and he said his fiancé is allergic to honey bees, so I need to talk to her today and see what she says. I may try to woo them with free honey I didn’t realize just how much garden space there was out here until today, and to think it has been wasted for the last 6 years! And all that gas cutting grass, too! Sure am glad to have the renovation started 🙂