Last week in the survey article I mentioned there were a few things that have to be moved; one included the garden. At this point only two of the beds were planted and when Friday arrived that afternoon was spent outdoors relocating and planting the garden.
Where to begin was a bit of a challenge even though I already knew where I was going to move it. Robert cut down a few trees days prior and all I had to really do was level the ground. The big question was, “Could I get it done in one afternoon?”
The answer was yes and another reason why I love my Startle Garden, it’s manageable and produces amazing results.
This time around the new location isn’t cramped and it’s still next to the creek so the beds were displayed in a stretched-out pattern. There’s a number of ways to layout SG beds and for me the garden display is almost as important as what you’re growing, well almost…
Another neat factor my quail sanctuary will be on the opposite side of the creek, this space is going to be amazing!
The first layout design can be found here.
Moving Clay or Something else?
When I established these beds in March – May I used natural elements in addition with black soil from the creek. These ingredients include my favorites and I’m going to guess you have access to at least three.
This black soil also contains a lot of clay that appears after digging deep. Using my shovel, I removed the soil from the top and later went deep so I could add in chunky mounds of clay. This is Texas clay that most gardeners despise, for me I see an opportunity for improvement.
Clay can be found across the country and for some presents a gardening challenge. There’s really no need to entertain the challenge, instead embrace the opportunity to learn by applying a little bit of effort.
Time to Move the Garden
When it came time to move the garden curiosity had my full attention because I wondered if those natural materials had time to decay in just a 7- month period.
The first step involved lifting the beds one by one and placing in their new location. This is when I noticed that beautifully amended soil, within 7 months nature created a gardening miracle. That’s a record for me so I’m here to say first and foremost, perhaps clay soil isn’t the problem, maybe the problem is the lack of work ethic that it takes to make amazing soil transpire?
Surely that’s something to think about and something that I continued to process while moving the garden and digging out more dirt from the creek.
By the end of the day my back and arms were sore but my heart was soaring.
There are benefits to clay that many gardeners over look and I plan to dig into this topic deeper later this month.
I’ll give you a little insight – you don’t need to be a master gardener to figure it out but you will need to bring a positive attitude and perhaps a work ethic to really embrace my findings. In the meantime, let’s move forward into the garden where I also took time to add a little flair.
The Middle of Fall and Garden Flair
We’re in the middle of Fall and the temperatures are beginning to drop so I don’t expect much growth between now and March. This means some of these planting spaces look pretty empty.
This is when garden flair presents an opportunity to fill in the gaps. I added sponge painted pots and a cement frog that once lived in my grandma’s garden and later traveled to my mom’s garden. He now lives in my garden and blends with those pots perfectly.
I also added my garden tray where I planted strawberries and a vine of thornless blackberries. It’s my hope to later add a garden table where these items can be moved when things start to grow in March.
All in all, moving the garden wasn’t a big deal and the best part I learned that blessings are all around us and boy do I ever love my Startle Garden.