Finally last year we took out around 5 large tree, many small ones and a lot of brush. The area is full of little and big stumps. We really can't put the money into getting the stumps out so we are going to live with them for awhile. My garden boxes will work well right over the uneven, stumpy area even though we'll have to place them to avoid the large ones. It will give the new garden character!
|New boxes, and stumps|
I paid $35 in wood and have 2 new 4X4's and one 8X4. If you've never done these before I highly recommend the Square Foot Garden book. You'll probably want to own it, I still refer to it from time to time and I've been doing these for probably 4 years now. Basically we just screw the wood together into a frame and usually put a covering over the bottom.
It is expensive, but it's a "one time" thing. Once your boxes are established you just add new manure or compost each year to "top" them off.
Now the fun part comes in filling up the boxes with all kinds of plants! I'm trying to wait about one more week just to be sure we won't have a frost. If the weather forecast cooperates by mid-May I hope to have them filled with plants I've got started in the house and seeds.
It's a different way of gardening but works well for us. If you're interested in different methods, other than the old till it up, you might enjoy Back to Eden. It's a full length documentary on an interesting method of growing things. I know I'm going to incorporate more wood chips into my garden after watching. It uses some of the ideas of the lasagna garden which I've done before too, very interesting!