Pretty well, thank you very much.
This is my first garden bigger than a kitchen window sized thing. It took us almost 3 years to get the area ready.
Year one Stephen did most of the hard work of prepping the area...
...but I'm proud to say that I built the 3 raised beds all my myself.
We went with raised beds within an area of gravel over weedmat. Voles digging up under gardens is a big problem here so this was our attempt to thwart the little buggars. And to get a few weeks jump on planting by being a little above ground.
Last year, year two, we finally got around to spreading the gravel. Then we dug down into each bed about 18 inches and I stapled a very fine chicken wire down into each bed to keep the voles from coming through. Then we put the topsoil and compost in the beds.
Then we found out we'd be going to London to shoot the film and work stopped again. Everything always takes us longer than we expect.
But finally this, year three, was THE year. This happened about 3 days after I planted my first starts. I think it was the first week of June.
They were all hardy local varieties so I'm happy to report that nothing died.
And the weedmat, gravel & chicken wire combo have worked wonderfully against the voles. The deer generally don't come this close to the house because our dog goes balistic when they do but I planted marigolds at the corners, just in case.
It took forever, but we're finally enjoying the fruits of out labors. The Vegetable Gardener's Bible was my, well, Bible.
For my first year of gardening at altitude I did pretty well.
My downfall was in how much of different things I planted at one time. Too much head lettuce, fabulous but not nearly enough radishes or potatoes, too much broccoli all at once and I was out of town and missed harvesting the cauliflower on time.
Next year we'll get a jump on that and buy ladybugs. I'll have the kids build a little lady bug house to mount out there.
Besides more potatoes and radishes and less broccoli, next year I'll also add carrots, parsnips, peas, bush beans, beets, spinach and squash. And we might just add a small pumpkin patch out in the meadow and see what happens. I'll also do a better job of spacing my plantings to have things coming up at different times instead of all at once. Holy Lettuce Batman!
Learning to garden in this environment is challenging but I'm pretty happy with my first endeavors. Even if it did take me 3 years!