A Big Step

organic_flutterby(5 MO)November 18, 2013

WooHoo! Over the last couple days I have made 3 raised bed frames and have the 4th one cut!

I need to assemble the last bed and put hardware cloth on the bottom of all of them still, then they're ready!

I also bought all my vermiculite and peat moss. I am working on compost right now. I know I will have to buy some 'cuz I can't/didn't make enough of my own. But that's ok.

I am almost there! I still need to make a plan or a layout of where to put the beds and that seems to be the hardest part. It's like I need to see into the future so I can accommodate everything I want to put in the garden eventually, like a shed, some fruit trees, grape arbor, etc.

I'm excited!

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I'm excited for you! I have been slowly doing what you are just beginning. I am dissatisfied with my grape vives (birds and desease take all of the grapes) so I intend to pull them up and plant kiwis. I am in the north part of zone 7. I already have fuzzy kiwi and hardy kiwi. I also have asian pears, peach, plum, raspberry, blackberry, paw paw, jujube, persimmon, cherry, and figs. As you can see by my raised garden, I am trying to grow artichokes.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2013 at 8:34AM
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Pergola with fuzzy kiwi.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2013 at 8:35AM
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organic_flutterby(5 MO)

Beautiful Charlie! I am envious!

I'm still working on the layout of things. My yard is huge and can't or don't want to use it all up of course. So it's difficult to use just part of it and have it transition nicely with the unused part. There is next to no landscaping in this yard except a couple trees and a chain link fence.

I just recently learned something very exciting about fruit trees and that is that I can actually keep the height of my trees to my liking! I know, I'm easily amused, but that is awesome to me.

I am looking through seed catalogs which is fun, but I notice that they don't really inform a newbie like me too very well. Bottom line is that it will be trial and error until I get things figured out.

I've got snow on my compost pile, not sure if that's good, bad or indifferent. I guess it will break down eventually. My dogs got under my deck and ripped open the shredded leaves I had bagged under there. That was a lot of work and I was a little more than sore at them for sure.

It's all good though. I will be back with pictures after I get things placed in the right spot.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2013 at 9:13AM
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Organic: The snow won't hurt your compost pile. I once put fresh cow/horse manure on a compost pile and covered it with plastic to control the odor. We had an 18 inch snow and the compost pile was so hot it melted it as fast as it fell. Regarding fruit tree hight/space, I was once in Italy and I saw a guy who had prune his pear trees into a fence-type shape. Here is an example.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2013 at 1:32PM
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Here is my backyard organization.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2013 at 1:35PM
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