|Bringing home garden supplies.|
|Berry bush in blossom!|
So, how do you attempt to garden when your land consists mainly of old hardwood forest and the small amount of open land is 75 percent rocks and 25 percent clay? As usual, I started by googling and first on the list was raised beds. You may recall that last fall I constructed a raised bed for some raspberry and blackberry plants I found on clearance, and I am happy to report that all the plants survived the winter, and are now sprouting lots of shoots and green leaves and even a few blossoms. This is now dubbed my berry patch.
There was also a raised bed 'of sorts' already in our front yard, near the road. The yard has a slight slope and the previous owners built up the lower edge (east side) with landscaping timbers, and filled in the north and south sides with landscape timber wedges so that the west side of the bed is the original rock and clay yard and the 'bed' extends east from there and gets deeper as it approaches the road. So the top soils is about two inches deep on the west side and 12 inches deep on the east side against the landscaping timbers along the road. This has become my first garden patch.
|Digging up bulbs to|
make room for vegetables.
|The Domed Deer Deterrent for|
the young rhubarb plants.
|Time for do-overs.|
|Pepper plants in a pallet row.|
|Potato plants peeking out from the|
first addition of soil and compost.
|May 3rd? Really?|
This is NOT Wisconsin.
|The deer are gossiping about|
the new buffet that is being built.
|Garden fence version #1. Not a successful design, but|
easily re-purposed for the berry patch.
|16 foot feedlot panels form a trellis in the truck bed.|
|Hopefully, the deer will not jump over the fence.|
But, if they do, we will just raise deer instead!
So, at this point, much of the garden is planted in the various locations and formats and the deer are hopefully blocked from making it the new buffet in town. Everything is set except for one big problem - we are now leaving the property for several weeks to head back to Wisconsin for the birth of grandbaby number three! I keep telling myself that this year's garden is experimental, so if things do not survive while we are gone, that is just a part of the experiment and I will compensate by making more trips to the farmer's market and purchase produce to can and dehydrate this year. Besides, that would help the local economy! I did place my tomato containers in plastic totes and put several inches of water in each tote to hopefully act as an automatic watering system. I also placed leaf mulch in my potato barrel and squash buckets to help retain water when it rains.
|I give this experiment a 60% chance of success.|
We will be staying in Wisconsin for 2 weeks after the baby is born, so the newly planted garden could be abandoned for about a month. I will be sure to take pictures of what everything looks like when we arrive back down south because at the start of this blog I did promise to share the good, the bad and the ugly!