New bed for Blackberries and blueberries
Kind of off the topic, but I've had blackberry (nectar plants) and blueberry plants (host plants) in pots for two years now, and it's time to plant them. I decided this would be done the easy way. Hubby always wants to deep dig and turn the dirt over. Then I always end up with lots and lots of weeds. So, I am doing a modified lasagna bed--one I can use immediately. It's kind of a cross between lasagna and square foot gardening.
I put down newspapers 3 layers deep and covered with 4-6 inches of straw pulled off the bales that was starting to compost. Then I got 3 bags of compressed peat, four bags of composted mushroom mulch, 4 bags of composted chicken manure, and 4 bags of composted cotton hull mulch. I'll also add 4 bags of pine bark mulch and some vermiculite I have on hand. We will see how this all turns out.
I have one more bed to make next year--an asparagus bed. Hubby dug it up deep. So I plan to cover the soil with newspapers and mulch and let it set until early spring. Then the plants will go in. We've had asparagus beds before--can't compare the taste of your own fresh asparagus with what you buy. Just need to live 3 more years so we can enjoy the harvest!