Potager Raised Beds 5 and 6

I worked outside today getting raised bed 5 together and nearly filled with compost.

Raised Bed 5

Raised Bed 5

I expect rain or snow tonight and am happy to have this hugelkultur bed well under way so the deadwood and compost can be well moistened.

I also worked on raised bed 6, which is just outside of the potager, and whose shrubs will serve as an enclosure, windbreak, and food source.

Raised Bed 6

Raised Bed 6

Raised bed 6 is directly under the pinyon pine canopy, but gets enough light to grow Aronia melanocarpa.  To hold moisture, I will fill it with deadwood and compost before adding soil.  The 1 inch stones in the front will be removed, they are intended to face the outbuilding to the left.

While digging dirt and rocks for my raised beds, I found a stone.



The stone is about two feet long and is balanced on a corner.   This odd leaning that appears to defy gravity is so New Mexico, I have to find a place for it.  I have an idea for it but will have to move some concrete and stone to work it out… shocking I know… this grandmother moving rock and concrete around!  The finger on the top left is free, no extra charge.  I kept it because it looks like it is balancing the stone to keep it from falling.

It was cold and windy most of today as our storm is blowing in.  I am chilled and cuddled on the sofa with hot Mexican chocolate, Little Guy, and an afghan!  Perfect for watching out the window as  the storm blows in.

I also need to find a good tortoise stone to honor my slow tortoise way of getting to the finish line.




About rebeccatreeseed

I am a naturalist raised by naturalists. Treeseed is my earned name, while Rebecca is my birth name. I am of Northern European descent, with a quarter Irish.quarter thrown in. I suspect I was a product of northern invaders into Ireland into Ireland. but hard to say since DNA disproved the family story about Apache blood! I have found some odd ancestors to replace them. Last year I bought 5 acres of pinyon-juniper forest on the side of a mountain in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. I am fulfilling a lifetime dream of a cabin in the mountains and a food forest that will feed me and local wildlife. I want to share this new phase of my life with others that might be interested.
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One Response to Potager Raised Beds 5 and 6

  1. cobgoddess says:

    I so love this post. I feel the same way about my finish lines.
    But then I asked myself who’s time we judge? Nature takes huge leaps of time to create, undo, or reinvent itself. And yet we humans see time through the fast lane.
    Will be done and when is done and it will be filled with LOVE.

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