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Topic: Am I mad? It's barely above freezing out there.  (Read 3382 times)
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« on: January 27, 2012 02:01:19 PM »

It may be January, it may be only just above freezing in the garden, but that means I just have to do more vigorous work to keep warm right?

I got a new house, with the new house came a new garden, which is almost all laid down to lawn. How boring. How unproductive. I had to do something about that, a garden should help feed us, so I planned some vegetable beds.  We measured the lawn, we measured the wheelbarrow, we measured the flowerpots, we even measured the wood & finally decided on a size. With the assistance of my beloved we made the beds: he wielded the saw, I wielded the drill and screwdriver. We shared the mallet: we both enjoy hitting inanimate objects!

The difference between the beds, the ones with sticky up bits are there so we can put big cloches or bird netting over the beds.

I also put in the compost bins (so much prettier than a pile!) and a leaf mould collector

And to start my seeds in style I made a few paper pots and some plant markers.

The markers are for Broad Beans, Garlic, Potatoes, Sweet Peas and Onions, cut out of milk containers, the remainder is engraved (scratched) into the base.

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« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2012 02:37:48 PM »

You're making me want to start planning.  I'm so jealous of your garden - it looks fabulous.

When are you planting your starts?
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« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2012 02:42:00 PM »

Nice job on the raised beds!  I love your plant marker idea.  I'm thinking about doing some from poly clay this week, we started the first of our seeds a few days ago.  Please keep us informed of your progress throughout the season.  Good job, you!

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« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2012 06:23:16 PM »

Oh yes, that looks great! My son and I will begin working our 'garden' next week.

Thanks for the inspiration, I hope mine looks as good as yours.  Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2012 11:48:02 PM »

yay for spring gardens! please post more photos as it progresses Smiley

« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2012 01:36:30 AM »

Well, I've put my first bunch of broad beans in, but we now have a freeze forecast for a week so I shan't be doing anything else for a while. I have onions, garlic and potatoes on order which will be the next to go in. I've potted up some sweet peas for later in the spring, but the next (freeze free) task is to make, dig and plant a soft fruit bed.

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« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2017 10:02:05 AM »

looks so great. we just moved as well and this is great motivation to get out there and start laying things out. i will have to wait tell the snow melts though  Undecided Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2017 11:34:34 AM »

Update, the sticky up bits on the raised beds only lasted 2 years, they were more of a nuisance than a help.

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« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2017 06:31:51 AM »

I can't wait to get out in the dirt myself.  I doctored my raised beds in Feb to get them ready, although my garlic is doing well. I have been prepping my herb garden.  Planning where to put everything, as not only does it serve as yummy herbs, but also a lot of them are natural insect repellents.  This weekend we will really be getting down to business and plowing/tiling the main family garden at my parents.  About an acres worth of veggies the family helps with.  I am starting my tomatoes and cucumbers and the like.  I ordered my sweet potato slips.  You are killing me here lol  So fellow gardeners, I am wanting to try some new ways with potatoes.  We are going to do the straw bales, but then I also saw online potato towers that essentially are what we use for tomato cages, the field fencing or chicken wire made to a tall tube.  I think it is a brilliant solution for someone with limited space, a more urban garden if you will.  Has anyone tried it? 
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