A Walk in the Garden

For about the last year I’ve been working on simplifying the garden in preparation for the farm sell.  My plans transformed through the seasons and I have finally accepted the garden is done.  No more new projects just a peaceful place to maintain.

I wasn’t sure if I’d ever get here and with only one more raised bed to revise I can officially say, “Stop Carole!” I’m waiting for a really good rain before I tackle that last raised bed; moving dirt is much easier when the soil is moist.

Let’s walk through the garden so you can see what I’ve done.

We begin at the garden fence, walking through the gate you’ll notice the covered raised beds on my left.  The first one is filled with strawberries and the other two are used for fall planting.

To the right there is an open space divided with old doors.  This area can be tilled for additional planting, like another garden or small orchard.

In the far left corner the brown door leads the way to the quail sanctuary; I really enjoy having the quail nearby.  If you have an interest for raising quail I highly recommend placing them near the garden.

The rest of that area is where we grew luffa.  We skipped this year because of the rain and cooler spring temperatures.  I really wanted to grow raspberries, that dream will move with me to the next property.

Now let’s keep walking and look a little closer at what’s inside.

This up structure was originally built as a frame for a greenhouse.  We quickly realized it wouldn’t be big enough and decided to move it to the garden.  This year I planted zinnias down the middle and Italian beans on the side trailing up.

Last year I grew cucumbers and potatoes; this structure is a favorite and extremely versatile.

I love zinnias, they have been a wonderful addition and the butterflies have been visiting often.

I’ve also planted zinnias in tires painted brown.  These tires worked really well providing a strong base for the plant as they tend to get heavy growing up and out.

When the wind arrives many times the stems break so the tires have helped keep the plants stable.

A garden with herbs is a wonderful thing and because we had so much rain in April and May that I wasn’t sure what the outcome would be.

At one point I stopped planting because everything seemed hopeless.  It’s finally acting like there might be a tasty future.

Fire ants took over the oregano and after several doses of peppermint oil mixed in water the plant is finally coming back, very slowly.  Fire ants are bad news and steal many nutrients from the soil.

Moving forward we walk into the rose bed, this is where the lady bug tires are.  My daughter painted those a few years ago and they make me smile.

The roses are not doing so great; I decided I’m going to trim them back later this month.  Normally you would do this from, January – April.  If you’re careful you can do it through the summer to increase new growth in the fall.

Looking a little further out you can see the cucumbers are doing great.  I planted in May with little hope they would do anything.

To my surprise they look fantastic.

I recently decreased the size of that raised bed because the additional planting space is not needed.

I’m discovering I like 3 ft. width beds much better; all of these lessons learned will be implemented at our next property.  Can you tell I’m anxious to move?

We’re not actually selling until next spring.

Yeah to cucumbers – I have them growing on a piece of cattle panel, this makes harvesting much easier.

These panels are nice because they’re strong; you can purchase them at any ranch store.  Panels are perfect for the garden if you want to implement vertical growing options.

Finally the zucchini is growing like crazy, this was also planted in May and I wasn’t sure what would become of those plants.  There were just two seeds and have turned into monstrous size plants, covering a 4 x 8 space.

Part of me wishes I would not have stopped planting when we had all that rain because everything is thriving.  What’s my secret?  It’s all about the soil; find how Direct Composting can improve your garden.

I hope you enjoyed, we’ll be digging deeper later this summer focusing on each raised bed.

Remember scaling back isn’t always a bad thing when it helps you move forward to reach new goals. It feels amazing to say, no more large garden projects at this place.

How’s your garden doing?



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