After two years of saying “I think I have enough of a garden” I have changed my mind. Seven new raised beds and a new (chicken- and deer-proof) fence are in my future for this weekend.
Crazily, I am also planning a new greenhouse (for this fall). Whee!
Wow! Show pictures!
There’s no such thing as enough garden! 😉
I’m with Diana. No such thing! 🙂
I would love to have raised beds and critter proof fencing. Maybe next year…
Garden greed. I think we’ve all been there.
Enough garden – what is that? Surely there is never enough. I’ve got my friends asking if they can join my CSA this year. It’s just a small urban garden for one. OK I’m going to have way too much, but I’ve got so many friends that are happy to help eat it.
Hah! That’s how MY CSA started, Daphne. Watch out. You’ll soon be planting on your roof at your rate.
Sounds pretty exciting. Post pictures when it is all done!
I so understand that.
Maybe you’ll make some income from it and it won’t seem so extravagant to you then.
And it’s only too much if you can’t take care of all of it…
We are putting in a critter/deer safe garden right now. May be you could help us with the choice of fencing you are using.. We have the wooden posts in, but what is a safe fence for all those hungry unwelcome visitors? We also like to cover the garden with fencing to protect the blueberry bushes .
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Ha! We dug up a new 10’x 20′ patch of our back yard this year too. Seems like it’s catching. We’ve expanded into veggies we haven’t tried before. It’s exciting. Our problem isn’t deer, or other critters eating our stuff (yet) but the cats who do the do-do and the dogs that come after. (ewww, tmi). So we’re going for lightweight chicken wire and wood stakes. I think we just need to make it easier to just ‘go’ somewhere else. I hope it works. Fencing is in my plan for the weekend too.
Oh hey! We’re getting a tiller! YIPPEE. No more borrowing! Yard, here I come!
The chickens made you do it!
Woohoo!!! Good luck setting everything up this weekend, and post pictures please if you can!
I love the sight of fresh lumber stacked and ready to go. Smells good too.
And it always seems so small when stacked. My lumber guy made fun of me for ordering Yella Pine for the beds.
What kind of lumber are you using? We are pursuing a source (hopefully) for NW Illinois black locust. Have you ever worked with it?
I swore I was done for the season then a storm front came through and dropped a couple of my neighbor’s junk trees into my yard.
I couldn’t help myself; thanks to the “windfall” of wood I have yet another bed in the back. Funny it is next to two potato boxes put together from salvaged shelving from our perpetual renovation project with just about as much thought.
Ah, JCC, I’ll maybe post pictures when it’s critter-proof.
Diana, yeah, you’d think. Then you realize those beds furthest from the house and the hose are looking mighty weedy…that’s the way it’s been for those 2 years so I stopped myself. Denial has ended though.
Hah, Rae. If I had limitless time, I’d put all 5 acres under direct cultivation.
Greed can be a good motivator, Kate, if it’s something with a tasty payoff, right?
Daphne, I’ve watched your progress. Obviously your Monday harvests distressed you the last few months so I can hear you from here chanting “Not this year…!”
Hello Entire Leaves. Thanks…! Will do…it’s a slog.
Exactamundo, Paula. The new beds are spud beds so I can completely ignore them (excepting mulching).
Antoinette, well, I am putting up 55″ h. galv. metal fencing (it comes in a 50′ roll) and topping it with another 4′ of poly netting. The posts are 8′ tall (about 5’out of the ground) and then I side-nail a 2x4x6′ next to it…it rises above to pick up the poly netting. Ugly, but effective.
Congrats on the tiller, Jules. Even if it’s not the best thing for the soil, I love mine…and I use it for earth-moving more than anything else, I swear. Good luck getting the fence up and the domestic critters OUT.
Sara, they’re wicked, as I’ve told you. Big bird brains.
Teem: now I have stacked beds. Need to place them in situ but it requires infrastructure first in the form of trenching and berms.
Angie, locust is great, really hard stuff, should last forever (lots of barn timbers are locust). Sigh: MY lumber comes from what I can easily get delivered, so in this instance yellow pine boards and cedar posts. Only marginally sustainable, but…I can’t easily put 12′ long boards in my VW Golf!
Cohutt, looks like the heavens granted you an earthy opportunity; I’d’a taken it too. Hah! Thanks for sharing it!