Summer 2011 Renovation and Expansion at Peony Heaven
August 12, 2011 by Cricket Hill Garden
Summer, in between the sowing and the reaping is a time for growing. These long, hot days can be idled away waiting for the tomatoes to ripen, or even, heaven for-fend at something so decadent as a day at the beach! At Cricket Hill we spend the dog days of summer opening up new lands and renovating the older parts of the garden. We plan on planting peonies in these new beds, but also more vegetables and fruit trees.
Tilling up some new areas in our nursery field. It wants to be a hay field, but we have other ideas…
After removing as many of the weed roots and rocks as we can, we will augment the new beds with calcitic lime to raise the pH and Azomite to increase the level of micro-nutrients in the soil. We will then cover the bare areas with black plastic to prevent photosynthesis from occurring. The sun-starved meadow grass can then be raked before planting. Hopefully a good layer of mulch will also help keep the grass under control next year.
We harvested a fine crop of ‘Connecticut Potatoes’ from the field.
Some of our more delectable Connecticut potatoes, these are good for more than rock soup.
We are putting this new bed in an area that has a tendency to flood in the spring, so we need to make it raised. Lucky there is no dearth of stones for the new wall. Because of its proximity to a creek, the soil here is exceptionally rich, and altogether different from our usual sand and rock.
Digging out the stones from one area provide the building materials for this wall. Because of the heavy rains we receive in the spring, we always seek to plant our peonies in raised beds.
We hope that you enjoy these glorious days of summer, whether you are lugging around boulders or even lounging at the beach!