In 2008, I hired an amish neightbor to plow under a garden for me, but by 2009, Rudy had moved away. Thankfully, George had access to a Kubota that he could burrow, with a roto-till attachment. What a wonderfull piece of equipment !
I figured it was time to expand the garden, since I managed to fill it up last year. I had 700 tomatoes started in the house, so I was pretty sure I would need the extra space. In the photo above, you can see the sod all crunched up, into nice brown soil. I’m sooooo lucky to have this beautiful soil.
In my second year of gardening, I decided to prepare ahead of time. I cleaned out the smallest bed room in my house, and filled it with shelves made from scrap trim. Most of these are tomato and pepper plants.
This system worked well for getting the plants out from under my feet, but indoor lighting is nothing like the sun. Plants also need to be exposed to a decent breeze. I found that the plants which were placed in the corners of the shelves didn’t get the circulation they needed, and they were slowely wilting. This is when I relized I would need a space in the sun, a greenhouse or at very least, a hoop house.