Completing the Herb Garden

After digging out all the poplars and removing the cinder blocks, I was finally ready to move onto the more normal aspects of prepping my herb garden.  First, I had to loosen the soil.  Since it was so heavily compacted from the cinder blocks, this took a couple of days.  On the first day, I whacked at the ground with a long-handled claw to loosen the soil as much as I could before putting the sprinkler on it.  Once the water had a chance to soak in, it was easier to break through the clumps on the second day.

After the soil had been loosened enough that it looked like a garden bed instead of a garden path, I spread compost over it.  Normally, I just put a strip of compost in the middle of a bed and spread it out evenly.  Since the soil had been so maltreated here, though, I poured it out at about 2″deep throughout the entire bed.  Then I went over it with the claw again.  (I repeat this step a lot.)

Now I was ready for my secret weapon: my broadfork.

My Broadfork

My Broadfork

By using a broadfork, I was able to penetrate far into the soil without destroying the worm tunnels that are also working to loosen the soil.

The dimples are all that show after the broadfork has done its work.

The dimples are all that show after the broadfork has done its work.

Finally, I went over it with the claw one last time to smooth everything out.

A Well-Prepped Herb Garden

A Well-Prepped Herb Garden

When I began creating this herb garden, it was to get my lavender out of its pot.  However, transplanting it will have to wait until next month.  I will probably also transplant some of my lemon thyme as well, since it is beginning to crowd one of my rose bushes.

Lemon Thyme

Lemon Thyme

In the meantime, I scattered dill seed, hoping that it will take off faster than the weeds will.

Hopefully this is dill and not an army of weeds.

Hopefully this is dill and not an army of weeds.

As all gardeners know, that is a war that is never won.

 

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