More “churn dash” and a gardener


The bottom row is put together, so I just need to put all the other red sashing and black cornerstones on and then make a border or two.


Meanwhile on the farm, my sons convinced me to hire someone to help get the garden in and the hoop house ready to plant.   I feel so behind this year.   We brought 14 bales of peat moss and 21 bags of all purpose sand home today in 4 trips to Lowes.   Our boxes were getting depleted from weeding and produce.   Seems whatever you take out, takes a bit of dirt with it and after a few crops, one needs to replenish the beds.    We still need to do something to lighten up the soil on our hillside beds – haven’t thought that one through yet.  There will be a good number of potatoes out there plus garlic and squash and cruciferous plants, which need room.   And I still have not started my plants.   That must happen this week!

6 Responses

  1. Jennifer Keilin says:

    Hey Mom, have you read about Straw Bale Planting? Sounded fascinating!

    • sharon says:

      I have and am interested, but the one time I tried it, I failed. Then I ended up putting the straw on top of the beds for winter and that did keep the weeds down. I do wish I could make it work though. Has anyone else on this list made it work for them. Can you use fresh bales or do they have to be half rotten?

  2. Sophie says:

    It sounds like a big project–I’ll bet you will be glad that you decided to hire someone to help. Around here, I am itching to start working outside (I moved into a house with a yard that was probably once gorgeous, but hasn’t really been cared for and needs a lot of TLC), but I know it’s still a little too early here.

    Thanks for your comment on my blog–I tried to reply to you, but you are a “no-reply blogger”

    • sharon says:

      How did I get to be that??
      You are right, it is a big job. It’s still early here also, though being in NW Washington, it’s warm enough, just that we are experiencing an incredible amount of water from the sky. I think we should have started an ark last fall. It takes a long time to get a place in shape, in fact, I’m not sure it ever gets there. My goal this spring is to get more food growing.

  3. Helen says:

    Churn Dash is my favourite block. I love seeing yours.

    • sharon says:

      Thank you. I love it as well. I don’t currently have any children’s prints left. But I did a couple churn dash quilts with a dog or cat in the “hole”. The block has such possibilities.