So let me put this buggy in park while I explain myself.
Last week (or three ago) while plotting our garden plans Mr. Arkansas remarked "Why can't we use pallets for raised beds?" After a quick google search we realized, we totally could.
Using this awesome site we found the information we needed to get started and then pretty much just ran with it. The first thing we did was take a look at the pallets we
So far 2 of the 4 have been filled and planted. The one pictured below had half the boards removed to allow a larger growing area, but still keeping some boards to help with weeds.
All have sprouts.
(Not so exciting right now but they have big dreams)
In the first pallet we planted two rows of spinach, leaving the second two rows empty for a second planting. We're hoping for a longer growing season by planting a second round of our favorites. In the second pallet we planted in two varieties of lettuce, again leaving two empty rows for later plantings. I had planned on using the last two for strawberry beds but now that we're inching on May 1st, I'm not sure.
You'd be surprised how much dirt can compact down into a pallet, filling them seemed to take long than leveling the ground to put them on. Which is why two sit waiting.
Speaking of flowers…
Let's talk about them. After waking up from a weird dream Monday night, I pretty much decided I needed rows of flowers.
Yes I said rows.
Why not? We'll have rows of corn. Rows of beans. You get the picture. Plus I love flowers and I'd never just cut them all out of my flowerbeds to bring them in the house. So production style rows sound really appealing. Yes give me rows of FLOWERS. Or at least let me plant them.
As I mentioned our garden space is quite large (15x70 ft). So I have plenty of room to take up 6 or so rows (yes honey I've decided I need at least 6 in the rich soil area) in the back garden space, near the veggies, for rows of flowers.
For me. To cut.
Whenever I want. Once they're blooming of course. Which is pretty much a dream come true, so I have no idea why I needed to actually dream it before I realized I NEEDED to plant flowers. As many as I want.
Just thinking about rows of zinnias and sunflowers makes me giddy. Then thinking about all my vases filled makes me click my heels together. I can't wait to share the progress and 'money shots' with you once we're in full bloom. For now we wait. And water.
Here's a pretty photo of a row of Zinnias to hold us both over:
I'll be the girl gathering 10,000 rocks from the freshly tilled beds.