Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Garden fun:)

I kept hoping to get a bit more done before posting, but I relized that there is still much to do before I'm going to be ready to plant, so I thought I would give an update for what we are doing. I've been wanting to play around with raised beds for a few years now, however it cost more to plant a raised bed than just directly in the ground, so we've never done it. This year we came up with the idea of using cinder blocks, so they will last and not draw termites being that this one is so close to the house. I am planning on putting my lettuce, carrots and herbs in this one. I'll be able to cover it on the cooler nights easier than if it were in our big garden bed too:)

Here is most of the cinder blocks with one of our cats finding the plastic wrapping quite entertaining:)

And here is our start on it, with more cats checking to see if it is level and straight (and if any mice are hiding in the holes:).

And here it is finished. It did take a lot longer to put together than I expected. I had not thought of the time it would take to level and square it. Actually, had it been up to me, I wouldn't have bothered, but those kind of things drive dh crazy:) So it is very level and square to the house, nice and perfect (until I go and plant in it that is).
No, it doesn't have dirt in it yet. This is the beginning of the things that still needs done before I can plant. You see, dh wanted a flatbed for his truck, and so far it has been far nicer than a regular bed for him, but it doesn't work for hauling dirt and such;) So he needed to get wood to build sides that will go off and on the bed. Then he decided that it would be great to have a sprinkler system for this raised bed, which he is right, but now we need sprinkler heads:) Then we need to go to his parents and get dirt. THEN we need to build an encloser for the chickens and not allow them to be so FREE (do you see the one in the pic trying to find something to eat?). But before we can cage in the chickens I have to clean a large area around the chicken coop so they have a nice place to be.....THEN we will need to get some T-posts (thankfully we have the fencing we need) so we can build the enclosure. I'm getting tired just thinking about it!!! At that point I'll be able to plant:)

But since I couldn't wait, I went ahead and started some seeds inside. They never do well inside, but I had to give it a try again anyway:) I planted these (ground cherries and sunberries) a little over a week ago and nothing has come up yet, but I'll keep waiting for a while. This is the 3rd year I've tried the ground cherries (they should be a little sweeter than a tomato, but in the same family), and if they don't grow this year, I'm giving up on them until I have a green house. The sunberries (just a bit larger than a pea, taste comparable to a blueberry), are new to me this year, we'll see if anything happens.

Hopefully in the next year or two I'll get my green house. We have some of the materials we want to use for it, but haven't had time to work on it. Most things we grow can be started outdoors, so it won't matter much anyway:)
I'll have a stitchy post in a few days:)


Julie said...

Click here to read some info on greenhouses - if you want to start dreaming early... http://fastgrowtheweeds.com/xcetera/

And click here and read about the meal they had from last years harvest... http://fastgrowtheweeds.com/2009/03/10/on-food-destiny/

I bet it was good!!!

Beautiful start to a garden, now just remember not to stub your toes on those blocks. I would, probably more than once, probably more than twice!

Good to hear from you!

RJ's Momma said...

I've been reading her blog:) That's probably the only way to really garden where she is. I've seen pics on there where she's got things growning in her green house when there was snow 3 feet up the greenhouse walls:)

We've had a greenhouse before, when we lived in town and there where trees to protect it from the wind, and it still got torn up in storms. We are going to build this one out of heavy steel so it doesn't blow away in our winds out here:) I'm not sure what kind of material dh is planning on using for the cover. We do get some hail here too, so hopefully something that will also hold up to that.

Marianne said...

Wow Shannon, this IS a project! I see the supervisors are checking for straightness and quality of the supplies to build these raised beds with. LOL Keep those chickens away, another good idea. Big fence, with a roof. . . yup, sealed chickens. That way they w
on't drive to work with Wes again! hehehe Good luck with your plants this year. We just started the potatoes.