Over the weekend, I used wooden stakes and string to mark where the new beds will be in the vegetable garden. I measured, staked, and strung, then stepped back to view the layout.
It was then that I realized I had unwittingly laid out the vegetable garden to look like a giant cathedral with an aisle up the center and three rows of pews.
I swear this was not intentional.
But it is going to come in handy to silence anyone who sees the garden and says, “Really, Carol, three long rows with a walkway up the center? Couldn’t you come up with a more creative layout?”
To which I will reply, “What is more creative than patterning your garden after the great cathedrals of Europe?”
The center aisle will have a gate at the entrance and some kind of focal point at the other end.
I’m still thinking about what that focal point should be. Perhaps a statue of some kind, maybe a statue of a rabbit?
The big boulder is still in the garden. I’ve decided the best way to deal with it is to ignore it.
It will lie half in a garden bed and half in a walkway.
It reminds me of people who sit on the aisle in church and politely refuse to slide over if someone wants to sit in that same pew or won’t stand up and step aside for a minute so you can get past them. You end up sort of ungracefully climbing over them to get to your seat. That’s what I will think of every time I have to get around this boulder.
My little vegetable garden church with its three long rows, each four feet wide, will give me about 600 square feet of planting space if you account for the walkways around each row.
PLUS, along the front or altar of my vegetable garden there is a bed that is three feet wide running the length of the garden, giving me another 150 square feet to plant mostly flowers, I think.
My previous raised bed layout gave me only 492 square feet for planting, so this new layout, with 750 square feet, is an increase of a little over 250 square feet, which is over 50% more planting area.
If we don’t get any rain for a day or two more, I think the garden will be dry enough to mound up those beds a bit and perhaps bring in some top soil or other amendments to “juice ’em up a little” for those heavy feeders, the vegetables. Really, vegetables are pigs when it comes to soil fertility. They want more, especially the corn.
But that’s a topic for another day.
For now, I’ll just keep repeating (close your ears and eyes, dear Texans), “Please no more rain on my vegetable garden until I have a chance to finish prepping it for planting.”