The garden, in all it's clay clod glory. I've beat that ground to near death this year, as usual. I ripped it up using the box blade for the tractor...flipped those little finger thingies downward, then tilted the box part out of my way, sort of a jury-rigged cultivator. I zigged, I zagged, I headed west and east, north and south, I did everything but spin circles with that box blade to rip this ground up. Then I tilled with the hand tiller. This direction and that, until it looked so pretty. It looked like a real garden, one capable of sustaining life and producing a harvest of things other than mile-long rooted weeds.
So, being somewhat resourceful when the moment calls for it, I did what made sense....I stole more cinder blocks from the stack Dewey has out front and I used them to make raised rows in the garden. We worked long and hard, hauling 1- and 2-hole blocks from up front to out back and into the garden. We raked what decent soil there was into what would have been my normal planting rows, and then we boxed it in, making a 'raised row' of sorts. I filled this with bought garden soil....yes, I live on 20 acres and yet I bought garden soil. Sad isn't it?
I don't plan to do the entire garden in this manner unless I have to, but the tomatoes and the peppers are tucked neatly into these narrow raised beds, filled with the prettiest black garden soil I could find (and afford). Next to these we planted onions and a 3 or 4x 6 flat bed of bush type beans. That's all I have in thus far, rains have sort of put a stop to more planting yet, until it dries a bit more. I have 3 other kinds of beans and some beets to go in yet, and I'd like to get a section ready for pumpkins and zucchini. Not sure what else I want to try out there, given I usually put a lot of work in just to watch the ground dry off and push everything out of big, deep cracks in the bone-dry July ground :( Still, no loss, no gain, right?