Sunday, May 2, 2010

Dig for Victory

This weekend involved lots and lots digging and planting. It was a nice weekend to spend outside getting things in order. Although we will be spending the better part of the next week with black fingernails.
The wind and storms this week brought down another big branch in the back yard. Luckily these keep missing the house or anything else too important. This one even fell on a bunch of weeds on the berm, so it prompted me to pull a few to keep them under control.
I finished the second planter for the side deck. Since these weigh ~150lbs each, oh high thermal mass concrete, the bottom half is filled with foam to reduce the amount of dirt we needed. Sam planted an annual topiary mix to block the air conditioner.

Horsetail reeds got planted in the front. Eventually they will create a screen for the side yard.
So cool, very prehistoric looking.
We finished planting the rest of the garden. In the five planters there are tomatoes, bell peppers, hot peppers, basil, carrots, beets, leeks, summer squash, cucumbers, peas, bush beans, broccoli, radishes, spinach, and lettuce. I put the tomatoes in right before a hot day and some got sunburned. We have plenty of backups plants should a couple not make it.
There are plenty of tomatoes and peppers that will have to find another home. The hoop house plastic is now rolled back to allow some sun in and help shade the lettuce.


jennifer said...

the concrete planters look great! how did you fasten the boards to the ends? the plugs you have in the ipe give a really nice finished look.

John said...

The boards are attached with stainless steel concrete screws. I drilled pilot holes in the concrete first.