To help break this matted mess up, we decided to till the area again. This helps tear off the dead stuff, so we can get the bulk of it out of the garden. Crabgrass is also known as "wiregrass" down here in NC, and you will know why when it's dried and dead. It will cut your fingers, and tangle into everything.
So as Tom tilled for the new rows in this bed, I made the rows. Each row is 30" wide, with an 18" walkway between. This is the size that is recommended by both Eliot Coleman and Jean-Martin Fortier in their books. It's a manageable size to be working over, feet straddled on either side when weeding or harvesting. I always test this theory, because I am not a 6ft man. I have long legs for a 5ft 3in person, but I don't want to be doing splits lol. It worked well. I measured my row, and used a rope to help me keep the size correct as I pulled the soil from the walkway that followed, to help build up the row a bit. Then it got the top soil and composted manure. Then it was on to measuring off the next row. In total we got four rows out of this bed, each measuring 50ft long.
My plots are going to be smaller than what is mentioned in the books, because I have to have an area for the goats to browse. Currently we will set up beds on the side of the property closest to the driveway. That is also for eye appeal for our wonderful customers that we plan to have for the farm stand. They can see as they come in to buy our produce, what we are doing. That is important I think.
So what was the first thing to get planted?