We (Heart) Our Garden Plot
This is the best -- and earliest -- start we have had on our plot. In Year One at this stage, we were still pulling out plants from the previous owner of the plot and trying to build up two vegetable beds. Our first "beds" were just mounds of dirt we piled up, which didn't work too well once we got heavy rain. They crumbled and washed away at the edges (picture beet seedlings falling over the sides) until Michael fixed them up with boards.
In Year Two (last year), we got a second plot adjacent to the first one. We doubled our space, but the second plot needed a major overhaul. We spent most of last spring constructing new beds, sifting soil, adding compost, and yanking out more wire grass than I'd ever seen in my life. It took us awhile to get the ground ready, so we got off to a late start with our planting. And then there was the whole fiasco with the mulch. (We put mulch on top of the new beds and everything we planted in them turned sick, didn't grow, or just died. When a fellow gardener told us the mulch was probably messing up the soil's pH, we spent an afternoon frantically un-mulching everything.)
So here we are in Year Three and we are so happy with our (combined) plot. The beds are built, the soil is in good shape, and we were able to get an early start because the ground was dry.
Those are our garlic plants in the photo. The pot of tarragon in the foreground has been transplanted to its spot by the other herbs.