At the house on Midlothian Turnpike I had put in several temporary style raised beds for veggies and herbs. They were doing very well and we were getting lots of tasty fresh goodies; spinach, kale, lettuce, tomatoes, squash, chard, and herbs.
We even had this beautiful sunflower come up. I didn’t plant it but can thank the birds for it. And of course it is the birds who are now harvesting the seeds.
This is how I decided to do the herbs. Just filled the voids in some cinder blocks and arranged them in a zipper pattern.
How was I to know just how easy it was to move the herbs. I just lifted the blocks and scooped up the rectangle of earth, root, and herb and placed it in a pot.
It was really easy – and the herbs transitioned very easily. They’ve been doing very well in the pots but I knew I needed to get them in the ground before too very long so they could establish to make it through the winter.
When we moved into the Archdale house there was a play area in the back yard that included a wooden playset.
This area seemed just right for a garden. A bit shadier than I would like, but … Anyway, we gave away the playset, and I set out to plant the herbs the other day – Me, pots of herbs, gloves, and trusty shovel. Holey Moley. I couldn’t do it. I called Tom for help – he gave up and we went to Lowes and bought a pick ax.
Yep, Virginia’s notorious red clay, well sort of a yellowish/gold clay. Gads and I thought the limestone of Merida was tough.
Well we finally got enough holes done for the herbs, and here they will stay till Spring. I am definitely going to need a roto-tiller, sure hope to rent one rather than buy.