Sunday, January 24, 2010

Additions and upgrades to the family garden.

My dad finished constructing the third raised bed for the family garden and we got it set in place yesterday. Did I mention that I love my dad??? The new box will likely be used for the broccoli and cauliflower as we had great success growing them in the beds last season. The bugs always got to them when I planted them in the regular garden. Since they are especially prone to aphids we planted marigolds in with them and I think it really helped. I don't use pesticides. I think all of those chemicals are just poisoning us and causing all kinds of health problems....but that's just my opinion.....I have strawberries in the box on the right that need to be separated and replanted as they have many sucker shoots on them. The box on the left still has spinach in it which was just an experiment to see how long it would last in the elements. It actually did better than I thought it would. Notice the electric fence surrounding the garden...tons of deer roam through dad's property so we have to keep it protected. So far ...so good. Knock on wood.

In preparation for spring planting we are also making some improvements inside the greenhouse. We are adding shelves on both sides so there will be more room for starts. I will probably have to rotate the seedlings since they may not get enough light but I don't mind. (gardening is not a chore to me) I can hardly wait to fire up the propane in the greenhouse. If this wonderful weather holds and the price of propane doesn't go up we might be able to start earlier than normal. Only 55 days until spring!!!

8 comments:

  1. The beds and greenhouse look fabulous. Do you leave the framing for the cloches in place all season? I did this year and it wasn't a problem.

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  2. Gosh, everything is looking really good! I can see why you love your Dad.

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  3. The raised beds look good. I suppose the frames can be left in place all the year round - saves time and effort. I'm all for energy conservation!

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  4. Thanks Gardeness...Yes we leave them in place all year round with no problems. Can't wait to put them to use!

    Thanks EG...My dad certainly supports my love of gardening..I enjoy spending time working in the garden together...He is a wonderful father.

    Easygardener...Thanks...yes we leave the frames all year round and I'm all for a little energy conservation too! All of us gardeners know too well that there is never a lack of things so to do in the garden!

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  5. Now that is a beautiful garden! and greenhouse. I'll have to copy the workbench for a more permanent structure for our greenhouse. ;)

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  6. Thanks Di...I just went to your blog and I must say it is very nice. I look forward to reading more of it.

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  7. What an awesome setup you've got there! :) I agree with you about the pesticides, I hate putting anything except my teeth on my vegetables ;)

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  8. Thanks Kyna....the setup is thanks to my dad....we try to add something new to the garden every season..perhaps someday I will have a garden empire! lol

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