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Spring and Summer Garden Preparation and Chores

I would like to introduce you to Anna, our guest blogger for today’s post.  Anna is a beginner gardener with a small garden in her backyard. She joins me today to provide you with her to-do list for late-spring and early-summer gardening chores.  You can follow her on Google+ -> Here 

Like your house, your garden also needs to be prepared for the spring and the summer. The rising of the temperature will tell you that it is time to prepare your tools and inspect your garden. It is necessary to take care of your garden now, so that you can enjoy the results of your hard work during the following warm months. There are some simple things you can do which, however, will be very beneficial for your garden. They won’t take a lot of your time and you will be definitely very happy later. So, roll up your sleeves and prepare for work.

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The spring is the perfect season for the cleaning of all internal and external parts of your real estate property. Once you finish with the disinfection of the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and all other premises of your house, you have to take care of the garden as well. Continue reading

What Type of Things Can I Compost?

Do you know that there are many items that people throw in the trash that can be composted? Below is a list of most of the items you can compost. If you have just set up a new composter, or have been composting for some time now the items that you add are saved from the garbage and reused into the best soil for your garden (or indoor plants too).

What kinds of things can I add to a composter?  Keep these items out of the landfill where they wont decompose properly.

The best compost material is anything that will decompose and feed the soil. Continue reading

Composter Set Up

So you want to start composting but not sure where to start? Well here is the easiest way to get started. Buy or build a composter and start adding your organic waste to it! Yes it’s really that simple.  Where I live the city sells composters at a great price, but you can pick one up almost anywhere they sell gardening supplies. Here is one I found on-line so you have a price to compare to – Composter. Or if you would rather build one you can find many ideas on Pinterest but I liked this one by School Daze.

Start composting the easy way. How to set up a simple composter system in your yard. Somethign EVERY gardener should have

So you bought one now what?  You need to pick a place to put it in your Continue reading

Benefits Of Having A Composter

Did you know that having a composter for your garden can actually save you money? If you garden at all a composter is a MUST have for your yard. I honestly can’t think of a negative thing about having a composter. (If you don’t like the way they look you can put it behind a shed out of view)

4 Benefits of having a compost bin

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Here are the top 4 benefits of having a composter. If you can think of any Continue reading

Filling in our new Raised Garden Boxes

 

This post is the continuation of my previous post Building Raised Garden Beds.

On the second day of our new garden project we finished up preparing for the dirt and getting the dirt. I followed the directions from this website, with a few changes. One idea that I really liked the idea of was the bird netting/row covers. So I got a piece of 1″ PVC cut it into 1′ sections, than attached it the boxes. We had to push most of them into the ground so that they didn’t stick out over the top of the box. We attached them with some all around strapping (galvanized so it wont rust). This was cheaper than straps and we have lots left over for future projects. Just 1 strap close to the top was enough to hold them in place.

Can you see the pipe on the sides

Can you see the pipe on the sides

As you can see in the above picture I did not use landscaping material. Instead I used newspaper. I had it at home and it was free. I used approx 10 layers (total guess :)) and soaked it with water from my rain barrel  This will kill all the grass and weeds below it. You can also use cardboard if you have more of that available. I should mention that I used mostly black and white papers, not the colored flyers. The die from them is better left out of my garden.

Than all you need a lot of dirt. There are of course many place you can buy dirt, either in bags from home improvement store, or garden centers. Or in large bags or truck loads from landscaping companies and on-line companies. However all of these routes will cost you money. And if you read my last post you will no that I got this dirt for free! How much dirt?

Truck Load of Free Dirt

Truck Load of Free Dirt

I was say a lot of dirt 🙂 Here in town the dump collects all of our yard waste, they leave it to compost. Once it is usable as compost (dirt) they make a big pile that anyone can take and use.  All you have to do is shovel it yourself. They also have wood chips available. We also got some of them as well. But they are under all this dirt.

This trip we were very lucky, when we where about half way done one of the workers came over with a big digger and put 2 scoops right into the back of our truck! It was great. Not something that happens usually so we were very excited about it. Once we got it home and into the garden beds it ended up being just enough, plus some for some bare spots in our yard. Thanks to that extra help that we got.

All done and ready for seeds

All done and ready for seeds

Here is the finished product, I was so excited I started putting the plants back in before getting a picture of them full.

You might not be able to tell from the picture but there is a space between the fence and the boxes. This is were we put the wood chips. That way we wont have grass or weeds grow in that area.

I am very happy with the result and they came together much faster than we expected. Now to finish planting in them and wait to collect all that fresh garden produce!

 

Do you plant a vegetable garden? What are you growing this year?