Like I said last night I rearranged my plans (yet again). Seeing the beds in the space, and having built them to dimensions which made sense for the lumber I actually had in hand really changed how I saw the layout working.
Here is the main picture:
I have concentrated most of the beds down to the southeast corner where the plants will get the most sun. I think I will be building at least one more bed for lettuce/spinach etc that don’t like the full sun. As you can see I still need to level the empty beds. This isn’t just for looks (although I think that’s enough of a reason), but also to help with proper water settling/drainage throughout the bed.
By a total fluke the lengths of the bed worked out almost perfectly to create a nice U-shaped little archipelago that will be able to take the walk in polytunnel over 2.5 of the beds. I’m really happy with this as it means I’ll be getting the tunnel up sooner than I thought. There is room to put in one more short bed to make it sort of like the tines of a fork.
I have WAY too many squash plants, so I’m going to throw 2 or three is this random bed of crap soil over by a wood pile (currently under that ugly green chair). Squash are pretty hardy, I think they may make it here, and if they spread out it’s not a big deal. Don’t worry, I’ll add some good soil too 🙂
I am going to spend a day on the weekend getting soil into the rest of the beds, moving some mulch in for the pathways and planting my seedlings. I also need to start my tomatoes. It’s going to be a busy day – again.
Here’s how the yard is looking now. I can see just how beautiful it’s going to be once the chickens are in, and there’s a bit of lawn for the kids and the rest of the beds. And nice paths. And no garbage. And some nice espaliered fruit trees along the chain link fence…