We've had a small vegetable garden for the last three years or so at our house. And when I say small, I mean it. It's just a little 4x8' raised bed that I built myself. Yes, I know how to screw boards together, I was shocked too.

When I first put the garden together for my wife a few years ago I just bought regular $1.99 a bag topsoil to fill it up with. The first couple years the garden turned out okay, but some of the crops have been lackluster to say the least. This year, I'm trying something completely different.

Yesterday, prior to Keri planting her seedlings, I went to Hussey's General Store to see what I could find. As it turns out, I found a lot, so I bought it all. I went home and shoveled two huge wheelbarrow loads of old soil out of the garden and then mixed in several new bags of fresh topsoil, a massive bag of peat moss and last but not least, 160 pounds of composted cow manure.

No, I did not test the acidity level of the soil because I didn't know that was a thing. Apparently I could have benefited yesterday from a quick trip over to GOOGLE to ask the question, but I didn't do that either. Basically I totally winged (winged, wung?) this whole project so I 'm a little nervous to see how this turns out.


Either my wife is going to have the most robust and beautiful veggie crop she's ever had out of this thing, or the entire thing is going to be a bust and it's all going to die and shrivel up. Either way, no matter what happens, we have to remind ourselves that we're not very far away from Hannaford.

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