Gardening

Spring has Sprung

What a beautiful day today!! Getting all pumped up for the planting to begin and a lot of yard projects!!

What plans do you all have?

Putting finishing touches on chicken coop and waiting for the fence to come and be put up plus my friend is giving me some nice netting to put over the run area for we have hawks that like to come here and kill my birdies!! Man that ticks me off!! You definitely don’t want predators getting those or your chickens!

Now the garden beds are up and filled with dirt plus I also made some drain pipes for easier watering and to get it deeper in the soil for a better root system, I have to admit for years Hubby would put the sprinkler out and then later I’d go behind him and water with the hose! Lol well it wasn’t enough and then the leaves stayed all soggy.

Moving on to drainage pipes

garden beds

I also made a Herb Bed closer to house(kitchen herb garden) and planted seeds in it today with one more area yet for cilantro.

I divided the bed into 4 sections as to not over crowd the plants.

I lined the bed with garden fabric and mixed some planting soil and organic fertilizer in the dirt prior to planting so I’m a happy Gardner today!

Have y’all planted or started your Herbs?

Now onto filling some large pots for flowers and more herbs then some crafting decor for the back porch! Then I’m done for today!

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Have a happy gardening day or whatever your doing!

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Are you tired of the back aches, sore knees, or have physical limitations, But love to garden and grow your own produce; I know I’m ! ¬†Well here’s a suggestion for you and a few tips to help you out and give you something to think about this coming gardening season!

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Raised Garden Boxes

I approached this topic as the plan for my own garden this year due to poor quality of and lack of soil here on the river.  Our soil is mostly sand and very dry and hot no matter how much watering  it seems was never enough and a lot of  our plants either would not produce in quality or quantity !  So the plans soon is to make our own garden boxes and bring in new soil along with the added compost and such.

So the fastest way to get good deep fertile soil is to make the Raised Beds! ¬†They can yield up to four times more than the same amount of space as in planted rows and ¬†save you money and time! ¬†I’m all for that! ¬†Not to mention less back, knee and stress on the body!

The plants also grow closer together and crowd out the weeds therefore you spend less time and effort weeding plus it makes watering and harvesting efficient and easier.

Did you know that planting in a triangle will yield more? ¬†I didn’t, So we need to pay attention how we arrange the plants AND by doing this you can fit 10-14% more plants in each bed!! ¬†I’m for that! ¬†Just don’t plant them too close to each other.

Weight yield is more important than the number of plants per square foot. ¬†Sometimes it’s hard to remember or think ahead what it will grow into!

Small garden?  No problem, Grow up! go vertical hence Tomatoes, Pole Beans, Melons, can all be supported by fences, cages, or stakes, plus it saves time by going up it provides more air to circulate which means less Fungal Diseases!

Some great ideas for growing vertical are becoming more popular especially small yards, apartments and also for just the great looks!  You can hang a shoe organizer up from a rod and attach heavy hooks through top holes of shoe garment to hang on the rod and fill each pocket up to an inch with compost and plant  herbs, lettuce, flowers and such, the water will seep through the canvas material.  Also you can use pallet boards leaning up against the house or garage and pack with dirt to plant herbs .  I have see large plumbing tubes with drilled holes in them and attached together in shapes where plants are grown in the large holes drilled into them.  Check out Pinterest.com for some great resources and DIY ideas on vertical gardening.

Grow Vining crops along the sides of your beds, You could even place buckets or cement blocks along the sides of your boxes AND have extra plants! ¬†I think I’m going with the cement blocks, and add some marigolds in a few boxes also! ¬† Just use what you have or can find.

Another thing to think about before you plant in your cute boxes is to make sure you have compatible plants such as the “Three Sisters” Corn, beans, and squash. ¬†The corn stocks support the beans and the squash grows on the ground shading out the weeds! ¬†More compatibles include Tomatoes, basil and onions.

Use your transplants that already are a month or so old when you plant them and they will mature faster, plus the pride you have from seeding them yourself!

Remember no pressure treated wood is allowed to grow “Organic Food” ¬†If you want to meet these high standards choose a different wood material. ¬†The EPA recommends use naturally Rot-Resistant woods like Red Cedar, Black Locust or Red Wood. ¬†I don’t know about you, but I didn’t know this or thought about it!

Check out some local lumber yards for Raised Garden Kits also if your not into building.

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Raised Beds can also be used on a cement patio if you don’t have the yard space or want it closer to your house; keep in mind your plants need sun ¬†at least 6 hours of sunlight a day to thrive, ¬†Also Remember to block up one end of your box a little to allow for drainage if you chose this option.

farmers almanac     Another great source for planting, and  when to plant by the moon forecast and more.

 

You may ask ok what kind of soil do I use?  The best is Homemade soil blend of 50% Topsoil made of healthy loom, 50% compost which can be manure, animal manure or fish compost.

The best Premium soil is :

1/3. Peat Moss

1/3. Vermiculite

1/3. compost blend

I really like the idea of mulching the paths between the boxes it gives it a finished look and will keep the soil cooler, plus keep the weeds down! As you can see my Old Garden lacks any structure! ¬† Lay a landscape cloth on your path and cover with 2-3 inches of mulch or sawdust, Also when laying the fabric down allow it come up 1′ against the bottom board of box and staple it in place. ¬†The much will cover it.

 

One of the most important things to know is your plant zone which will tell you when you can plant according to each state.  Here is a USA Zone Map to help you decide.

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.USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, 2012. Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Accessed from https://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov.


Now that you know when to start planting, Think ahead and start your own seedlings!

If you really want to start your own plants from seeds I think thats great!  And what better satisfaction than doing it all your self .  Here are some  Tid-Bits  from the ( Good Ol Farmers Almanac )  I read and  you might enjoy!

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Try using some things you may have around the house instead of purchasing seedling trays such as, Toilet Paper roll, ¬†Cut four slits in one end and fold in edge and fill with compost and your seeds plus you can plant the container and all! ¬†It’s Biodegradable.

Ice Cream cones are also great to start seeds in as well as 1/2 of an egg shell and what about empty egg cartons the paper ones.

Do you live in the country or farm and bothered by deer eating in your garden? ¬†You should ¬†try this DIY Deer Repellent. ¬†Mix 3 Tab hot sauce, 3 Tab minced garlic and 3 raw eggs, blend all together in blender and add to 1 gal of water and pour into spray bottle to spray your plants with and respray after a rain. ¬†Insects are always a pest for gardeners and here is a few natural ideas without the chemicals! ¬†Try planting Basil near your windows or doorways to repel flies and mosquitos, Plant some Dill near your tomatoes ¬†to prevent tomato hook worms .( Oh speaking of that , Did you know a tomato hornworm (also known as a tobacco hornworm) is like a humming bird ! ¬†it grows into a type of humming bird moth!! ¬†yup you heard me ¬†they are brownish 2-2.5 inches with no beak just a long roll out tongue and sucks nectar from flowers just like a real hummingbird!! ) Go figure. That’s Sci-Fi for ya! ¬† THAT I read in the Farmers Almanac!!

10 Fascinating Facts About The Hummingbird MothPinterest.com/moth

And what about those pesky weeds!  Try your own homemade weed killer, Mix 5 Tab of dish washing soap per 1 quart of water and add to a spray bottle to spray the plants with, Oh an it works great on Aphids too!  I use it every year!

Hopefully your plants are in the garden now or soon to be and you have all your garden tools, aprons, buckets or baskets to make things go smoothly and water nearby for your growing season!  Stay tuned and in a few months it will be time to talk about how we preserve all your garden harvest.

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Well this is just a little information I gained while researching the Raised Garden Beds of how and why I chose to go this route and sharing a little information on how to get started with your own seeds or seedlings with  you.

Happy Gardening and stay green and dirty Gardners!

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My Old Garden ! Of No More!

Soon to have my New Garden Boxes

  Happy Gardening All !

 

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I began Gardening in my younger years when our family was young and keep learning and experiencing each year!   Live and Learn right?  

I’m no¬†professional¬†my no means , but I had¬†a lot of fun and sore hands in the process!

Well to start off lets pick and good location for your garden with at least 6 hours of sunlight, good dirt, and free of weeds( a never ending battle) as can be!   We tilled it several times in spring and I hoed for hours seemed like!

I always marked my sections off with string and left¬†plenty of space between rows so I could get¬†in there without damaging any plants or the kids¬†stepping on them. ¬†Aww ¬† them “Good Ol Days”

Grow the foods that you know you will eat, ¬†No sense in all the work if you’re not going to eat it Right?

  • Determine the planting dates an directions for your Geographical Area¬†which is usually located on the packages; ¬†but if not you can always go to your local government, university or good ol Google!
  • The soil should drain well and have access to water and hoses. ¬†Some fertilizers can be added¬†during tilling and some during the growing season. I prefer natural fertilizers as to the chemical ones, It’s usually cheaper and safe for pets and children.
  • Mulching retains moisture and eliminates weeds. ¬†Straw,hay, and grass clippings are all effective.
  • Remember each year to rotate your crops as some plants are hard on soil,¬†plus it controls disease and insect infestation.
  • in the Fall its times to start preserving all the food you have nurtured throughout the season! ¬†And there are a few ways to do that.
  • Drying, ¬†can be done at home for little cost; ¬†you can dry in the oven, in the sun, or in home Dehydrators, ¬†Freezing and My Favorite Canning!

It all boils down to having the satisfaction of raising your own foods and knowing whats in them! ¬† As we all know now days we have no idea what is in our food; ¬†but that’s another subject!

So this is a few basics to get you going this coming planting season and happy Gardening!!

I’m always learning too, so I may be adding more info as I can.

Enjoy!

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My Garden
Snapping Green Beans getting ready to can !
Snapping Green Beans getting ready to can !
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The Best Canner!
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I BOUGHT A NEW TOY TO HELP WITH MY GARDENING THIS LAST YEAR AS WE LIVE IN A SMALL HOME AND RUNNING OUT OF SPACE FOR ALL MY CANNING JARS OF FOOD,  SO DECIDED TO GET A DEHYDRATOR AND SEALER THEREFORE I CAN STORE MY DRIED FOOD TAKING UP LESS SPACE!!

HERE ARE A FEW THINGS I DEHYDRATED!

TOMATOES WERE EASY BUT I FOUND OUT IT TAKES ALOT OF FRESH TOMATOES TO GET ALOT OF TOMATOE POWDER!  I BEGAN BY SLICING REMOVING THE CORE AND WITH SKINS ON SLICED THEM THIN AND ARRANGED ON MY DEHYDRATOR TRAYS NOT OVERLAPPING!   THIS TOOK SEVERAL DAYS BUT PRIDE AND FUN LOOKING AT THE FINISHED PRODUCT!

I ALSO DEHYDRATED PEPPERS CUTTING THEM INTO SLICES TO DRY THE SEALED THEM.  IT COMES IN HANDY WITH THE WINTER CHILI AND SOUPS!