It’s officially gardening season in the Norris household and this year we have some new additions that I’m really excited about. The first is a small but useful 6′ x 8′ greenhouse that we’re planning to use to extend our growing season a month or so in each direction. It’s light enough that we can pick it up and move it around to different parts of the garden as the growing season progresses.
The second new addition, put inside the greenhouse, is a raised bed where we’ve started some carrots. I’m hoping that the looser raised soil and the extra growing time will give us a leg up on the carrots which are often short, stubby, and twisted due to the Pennsylvania clay and rocks and the short season.
The raised bed is a recycled materials project. My parents replaced a couple of doors this fall and the wooden doorframe was removed but saved. I would have preferred unpainted and untreated wood, but I’m all for reuse of old materials, so it’s going to serve as our frame. After pulling off the rusted hinges and removing the nails and staples, we moved it into the greenhouse and filled half of it with potting soil.
Raised beds always take a deceptively large amount of soil. Half of this one took about 5 cubic feet of dirt, so I had to make a second trip to the store for a few more bags to fill in the other half. The first half has two varieties of carrots, and the other half is scheduled to get parsnips and a third variety of carrot in a day or two.