Tuesday, September 18, 2012

My new raised bed

I was up early and turned on the the little test kiln with the second batch of cone 04-02 engobe tests. The handyman and helper were here at 7:30 this morning with the first of my two new raised beds. We had to move all the container veggies and do a cleanup before heading out to order potting soils for these beds and buys some fall veggies to plant. These are big - 8 feet long, 4 feet wide and 2 feet deep. Now I have to do a bit more research on square foot and raised bed gardening.

I ordered 70 bags of organic potting soil and bought some cauliflower, cabbage, garlic and broccoli starts. The rest I'll start from seed. Hopefully, this first bed, which needs to have some added feet on the bottom to preserve it and protect it from sitting in water,  landscaping liner attached and filled with soil, will be ready this weekend. 

We're in zone 8 here so I can grow a lot of things throughout the fall and even winter. At our sons house I planted a lot of the same fall veggies as well as spinach, lettuce, peas and swiss chard. It will be lovely to have these for a couple of more months. The kale I planted here a few weeks ago seems to be really happy in it's east facing location. I think I'm turning this suburban lot into a mini vegetable farm.

Time now to turn the kiln up again, have some lunch, make some potato salad to go with tonight's steak and corn on the cob dinner. Hopefully I can find a block of time to get some of those glazes that I weighted out the other day, mixed, sieved and on to some of the bisqued test tiles. It's another busy and good day in our new life in the beautiful Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon.


  1. That raised bed is gorgeous .

  2. It really is Dennis. I can't wait for both of them to be finished and planted.