Garden Pics March 2013

Here are the latest pictures of the garden.  The earlier pictures are February, and most are from March of 2013.

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Garden Expansion February 2013

We expanded the garden from 32 x 32 to 32 x 64, or added a 32 x 32 section.  We used about 10 yards each of top soil, mushroom compost and wood chips.  We cut the grass and put down a layer of cardboard to block the coastal bermuda (hard to kill).  We started with about 3 inches of topsoil (was not a very good top soil) to build the bed up (since our land is so flat) and then 3 inches of mushroom compost.  Then we sprinkled a thin layer of Azomite (A to Z minerals) on top of the compost layer and watered it down with molasses and water (a few ounces of molasses diluted with a couple gallons of water).  Then we covered it all with wood chips.  The old section is raised beds inside boards, with wood chips in the walkways (the wood chips in the walk ways produced a beautiful soil).  The new section is one large raised bed.  The wood chips cover and protect the underlying soil, and over time decomposes into a beautiful, mineral rich and loose soil.  We added more wood chips to the walkways, and over time, as they decompose, we will eventually remove the boards in the old section and have one large raised bed there as well.  We tie string lines to the fences as needed to help layout the beds, and we keep detailed maps of what we plant and where so that we can keep track and rotate crops.  We are planting something like 20-25 varieties of heirloom plants that are specific to our region, and we intend to harvest seeds for the first time this year.

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Garden Pics May 2012

And here are the early May pics.  If you look closely, you can see the tremendous progress since April.  This year we are experimenting with peanuts, potatoes and corn.  I think the peanuts are the lighter green, but they and the potatoes are in the deep beds along the fence in the back and on the right.  The carrots look awesome so far.  I didn’t get pics of the ones we already harvested.
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Garden Pics April 2012

Pics of our organic square-foot garden. Soil is one part various types of compost, one part vermiculite and one part peat moss.

These pics are from early April, shortly after planting.

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The fence is done…finally!

And it is beautiful, isn’t it  :wink:  And straight!  The wire is set one foot inside the property line, and most, if not all posts, should be within that one-foot buffer between the wire and the property line  :smile:  Those are cedar posts that we got for pretty cheap at a place that builds cedar log cabins.  They strip the posts of bark with a pressure washer for free.  They turned out so great we polyurethaned them.  The same place milled the 1″ by 6″ planks for the  entrance.

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The Little Chicks Finally Arrive

26 chicks arrived in a little box today.  That is 23 Barred Plymouth Rock hens, 2 roosters, and 1 “exotic breed” chick thrown in.  We are pretty excited…

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Labor Day Wild Fire Pics

Wildfires to northwest, wind blowing mostly from north, but north northwest, for now…

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Square-Foot Garden Pics

Pics of our organic square-foot garden.  Soil is one part various types of compost, one part vermiculite and one part peat moss.

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Chicken Coop Pics

Pics of the chicken coop progress.  Ever heard the term, built like a brick chicken house?  :tongue:

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