|HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY.|
I celebrated today by digging a fall garden bed next to the south side of the house. My seeds will be sown a little late, but I figure it can't hurt to spend a couple bucks to see what happens. And I like playing in the dirt.
|Getting the top layer of grass off was the easy part.|
|Getting all the rocks out was not.|
Wait til I show you my rock piles (yea, that's plural) in a future post.
|Needless to say, I accumulated quite a few blisters today.|
|I've had this cheapie soil test kit for probably ten years now, so I wasn't sure how accurate it would be.|
|It said our pH was fairly neutral, but I'm skeptical about the NPK analysis|
because none of the resulting colors were even on the chart.
|That motherfucker right there required the wrecking bar to get out. I hate that rock.|
Next time we're at Lowe's, I might pick up another soil test kit, but there's not really any doubt that I need nutrients, so I might just buy some bagged mushroom compost for now and work it in. It kills me to buy packaged compost, but I could only find one source of bulk mushroom compost, and that's southwest of Knoxville, so it may be another week or two before I get a bulk load in. The Tacoma bed only fits about a half cubic yard of material, so we're trying to figure out whether to rent a dump truck that will be able to fit several cubic yards (for building spring beds).
Ideally, I would have sheet mulched this area instead of digging and planted some crops that will loosen the soil without the need for back-breaking work, but I needed to get this done quickly so I can get a fall garden going. It sure didn't feel quick, though. And I still have about a third of it left to de-rock.
Sure feels good to now have both feet firmly planted on Tennessee soil! Literally and figuratively.