More garden space!
Here's my latest gardening project, as inspired by my mother: I have a very large pile of discarded grass sod from the creation of the garden. It's currently sitting in part shade on the south side of the yard. I mentioned to my mom that I had no idea where I was going to put all this dead grass and clayish topsoil, and I was planning to dump it between the deck and fence, trying not to put a strain on either. My mother (being the wise and experienced gardener that she is) said "Why move it?" When I questioned this, she noted that I could simply flatten the pile a bit on top, dress it with some compost and soil, and plant a raised garden on it for the summer. While plants grow on top of it, moisture will seep through the rest of the pile, composting the sods and making more garden soil for me to use next year. I love my mommy. :D I think this should work, she done something similar with a part of her garden and the tomatoes she grew there were the happiest of the lot. Planned for the new pile garden: tomatoes (beefsteak and cherry) (and yes, I've already got 13 tomato plants planted, what's another 8?), 2 kale that didn't fit in the main vegetable garden, and a cantaloupe. Oh! My first cucumber seed has emerged! I'm hoping the others are just later, and not that the seeds were washed away with watering. Is it completely too late to plant morning glory seeds? I know they grow like mad, but I never got around to putting them out last month