Lee Valley Tools    Gardening Newsletter
   Vol. 8, Issue 3
   March 2013
 
   Customer Letters
 
 
Dear Lee Valley,

My front lawn was a mess. It was impossible to keep it green and lush looking (poor, gravelly soil). I tried for years to water and fertilize it, wasting lots of valuable water and fertilizer and my time. I thought, "why not turn my lawn into a vegetable garden?"

I rented a sod cutter and proceeded to cut up the entire lawn into neat 45cm (18") strips. My son and I then rolled up the sod and temporarily stacked it off to the side. Next we spray painted an outline on the stripped lawn area to indicate the size and shape of the raised beds.

The nervous fun begins! My idea was to stack the sod upside down row upon row until it was all used. I was able to make raised beds about 60cm (2') high, a perfect height for me. I then used my tractor to fill up the beds to within 15cm (6") of the top with well-composted horse manure (we have six horses). I filled the remaining 15cm (6") with good garden soil.

In the first week of June, we planted beans, carrots, beets, squash, pumpkins, onions, peas, spinach, lettuce, tomatoes and herbs. We enjoyed fresh vegetables every day.

However, I've created a new challenge from all this. I need to invent a lawn mower to mow the grass that is now growing sideways!

Dan Galloway
Qualicum Beach, B.C.
 
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