Happy Solstice! To my friends in the Northern Hemisphere, let’s play into the wee hours and celebrate the longest day of the year! To the Southern Hemisphere, rejoice! The darkness is dwindling and your Spring will come.
This Solstice marks the start of my third Summer in Central Virginia. We had a wet and cool Spring, mostly a welcome respite from the melting heat that can land in May and stay until October. Yesterday Tate said “we’ve only had one day so far that was close to 100*!”, I quickly reminded him that it wasn’t even Summer yet!
The weather has been awesome for the garden. I’m not counting my
chickens tomatoes yet but I do believe it’s going to be the best growing season I’ve had.
Between the weather and the raised beds it’s looking like a bumper crop!
This is also our third growing season in our house. We’ve had raised beds since our first fall but we really expanded this year.
The two furthest skinny beds were added this year for tomatoes. We had beds there last year but not raised. The soil was lacking and they were tricky to mow around so they got elevated.
The real excitement though are these two awesome BIG raised beds.
The best part? There’s NO WAY that damn groundhog is eating my green beans! These beds are three feet tall, two feet wide, and eight feet long each. The height is a little excessive but that was the size of the tin and it makes it really easy to pick and weed.
Tate built these beds in an afternoon out of tin and lumber from Lowes’s. I’ve been seeing designs similar to this around town and he took the idea as a springboard and ran with it. I love them! And they are right outside our kitchen window so I can watch the beans, squash, cucumbers, and tomato grow as I cook.
Again, Happy Solstice!
I love those tall beds… Do you fill them with dirt all the way? Or is there a bottom layer or something
We layered the bottom with old, rotting pieces of Oak from a tree Tate cut down in the yard. It was on bit of a whim but the idea is that the wood will soon decompose, or compost, and enrich the soil. Thanks for asking!
Your garden looks awesome! I miss that long abundant growing season in Virginia. My little raised bed here in Denver is sooo pathetic!
Frances, the backyard is so pretty right now, wish we could brunch out there together! Enjoy that mountain air and low humidity, each spot has its perks!