I created two new small planting places this morning:
This place at the foot of the deck stairs has always been soggy. The downspout is on that side of the house, and the way the yard drains, water would always run this way and some would collect here. I've read that Comfrey likes the wet, so one or two plants will go in here. Today is rabbit pan clean-out day, so I will just dump buckets of poo there.
I have a theory.... a couple of rains wash any urine out of the poo, and (I think) also kills weeds and grass underneath. Call it the lazy-girl's method of 'lasagna' or compost gardening. I have also read this spring that some folks don't like the cardboard base that one is supposed to start the lasagna layering with. They say it doesn't break down fast enough. My 'big' bed is doing well with the dump-and-leave-it method, so I'm going to see how it does here. That is a very pretty pink-flowering geranium you see under the steps. If it starts to look like it is being shaded out or overwhelmed by the Comfrey, I'll move it.
This is the corner where I planted my German Pink tomatoes last summer, and they loved it there. This year, instead of them having to fight for space between the rose and the compost pile, I moved the pile over a couple of feet, and will plant in the compost left behind. The cement edging used to go all the way around the big bed, but I thought it was ugly, and changed that to fieldstone. Frugality is winning out this year, so I hauled it out again and made some practical and weed-wacker proof, if not attractive edging for the new planting areas.