Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Here's my NEWLY expanded garden!!

I know I gave the hubs a hard time about getting this expansion done.  I do that to ensure that it will, in fact, get done.  Some of you know what I mean by that.  Some guys you just gotta 'gently' prod (ie nag) to get them to complete a project they've promised.  But here it is.  A couple weekends ago, I had a load of 'better than last year's' topsoil brought in, for the following days that the expansion was going to be complete and ready for it.  It's getting late in the season, I HAD to get my garden planted.  So, the minions decended and viola! done!

You can see last year's fence, it's the darker, weathe-worn fense, with the newer fense pieces at the left.  The gate is in the center and I had them make it 2 pieces wide so that a truck can back into the garden if needed.  So the center is actually empty (you can see my potato buckets tubs in the center, but we moved them toward the back) so that a vehicle can back in if necessary.  You can't see the pile of dirt, it's off to the right in this pic because the dump truck that brought it was HUGE with 8 wheels!  I had no idea that dump trucks could even HAVE or NEED 8 wheels, lol.  So he couldn't 'thread the needle' well enough with the huge thing to get it dumped closer to the garden.  Now, because of my back and health issues, I didn't do any of the manual labor, I didn't even supervise, lol.  The hubs had my demands in his head and knew them by heart.  So I stayed out of the way, inside the house, brought them tea, made them sandwiches, etc., but stayed out of their way.  Two days later, we had this beautiful garden.  It's planted now, and I just couldn't get use to the idea that I had so much more room to plant.  I was finally able to plant some fun things, like Turks Turbans.  Yellow AND green squash (can't wait until THOSE babies start producing!)

Here's where I got the idea for the potato tubs,, plus I'd seen them in the gardening catalogs that are selling those collapsable tubs for use with root-type plants.  I thought 'EUREKA!'  Why do the tubs have to be collapsible?  Why can't I just use 'tubs?'  So I picked up these used storage tubs at a thrifty store for only $1.23, they had no lids, which was fine by me.  And we began our 'trial.'  They're super big now.  I like the above idea for the potatoes too.  These and tubs are perfect ideas for those that garden in raised beds.  When we build our raised beds, we put a weed barrier at the bottom.  This helps to keep moles out, as well as weeds, but allows for drainage, but it wouldn't be conducive to root plant such as potatoes, because there wouldn't be enough room...hence, the hubs.  When you grow them above ground like this, the heat from the outside environment helps the potatoes mature faster and just as evenly.  The key is to make sure there's plenty of drainage in your tubs.

I thought for sure I had a pic of the my potato tubs, but I can't find it.  But this is what I did:  I took the tubs, turned them over and drilled well over 20 holes at 1/4" in diameter all over the bottom.  I placed the tubs OFF THE GROUND by setting bricks around the edge like 'feet,'  Then, I put some gravel (only about an inch or so) in the bottom of the tubs, and topped them off with soil up to about a couple of inches from the top.  Then I planted.  Normally, when you plant potatoes, you plant them quite a distance apart, but when I planted these tubs, I planted about 8 per tub.  I did this because there's plenty of room for them to grow DOWN, plus from the photo above, it doesn't look like they planted their tators 3 feet apart either.  I may be wrong about that, and that's ok, that's why I'm calling it a 'trial' lol


meemsnyc said...

Oh my Debbie, that expanded garden is wonderful! You have so much room to grow now! Wow! I am so jealous. And my goodness, your yard is gigantic! Even with the larger garden, you still have a lot of yard. Amazing!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Mimi, I'm thrilled with my new expansion! I now have 8 4X8 beds, YAYS! and they're all FULL of growing goodness! lol Yeah, our yard is around just 1/2 acre, but it looks bigger because the house is at the front of the yard, leaving all the open space behind it. What you're seeing in the pic is actually our side yard, the back yard is even bigger. We have the biggest lot in the netire 200+ home sub. That space beyond the garden actually is a small parcel of land that belongs to the Adults with Disabilities of the county (forget the name). There's a creek that seperates that small parcel from the actual parking lot and building. We've been trying to 'acquire' that pc of property for over 5 yrs now, they're the 2nd owners of it. None of the owners can use that pc of land because of the creek w/the bridge that goes over it, it's an insurance/liability issue for them...I want that property SOOOOOO bad.
Debbie :)

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