31 May 2009
GOOD USE OF LOGS II
WHAT TO DO WITH OLD STONE WALL
Old stone wall was looking pretty bad and we had tried to garden around it for years but not much grew except for rocks. On one side a lone Daylily had made it, on the other side several daylilies had survived. We where opening the area up to get more sun in and needed to do some thing with the stone wall. Due to the fact that it would be a major operation to remove the wall and several stumps and all the tree roots we decided to build a raised bed around it.
Those old pine logs where handy and became the frame of the raised bed. Dug out as many rocks as we could and put them on top of the stone wall. Then we set the logs in place and lined the bed with news paper working around the daylilies. Next step was to put a good layer of old horse manure on top of the news paper about 4″. Then a layer of compost covered with a layer of decomposing leaves. Final layer was super-loam covered with some mulch.
In June we went to a Round Up plant swap and came home with a bunch of plants. Most of them went into this bed. We also had some Petunia’s that needed a home so in they went. Things did real well considering when they were planted.
In the fall we went to another Round Up and came home with some more Daylilies, in they went. Late in the fall another layer of mulch was added for the winter. This spring things have developed very well. Most of the plants are up a going, no great losses. Some old Daffodils that had never done much came up and had full bloom. Planted some more daylillies on the back side along with some other lillies and so far all is well.
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