Primary Earth-friendly Gardening Tenents:

*Tolerate minimal damage to plants and lawn from pests. *Build and maintain healthy soil by using compost and natural soil amendments. *Use chemicals as a last resort. *Use native plants when possible. They are adapted to the climate, soil and area pests. *Attract Beneficial Insects to increase pollination and decrease harmful pests. *Conserve water by using responsible watering methods.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Edible Garden, Bed Preparation

Last weekend I prepared the edible garden beds for planting. I extended the current beds to double the row space, and moved the blue berry bushes.

We are awaiting a bid for a garden fence. I am quite excited for the project. The local Lowe's store sent out a project specialist to pull together all of our ideas. The full project will include a small deck, privacy fencing, a pergola and and arbor gate. Having a useable outdoor living space is a priority for us.

Our lot is long and narrow, but very usable. The kitchen garden is off the back door near the kitchen, and the patio and fire pit areas work with the dining room and living room. Similar to our first garden project, this plan will break the space down into "rooms."

This year I set up potato cages, rather than putting potato in a row. I have also rotated the crops in the garden plan following the leaf-root-flower-fruit method. There are still a few items that will wait for later, asparagus and the home orchard. We have an area cleared by the tree removal last spring that will become the home orchard area.

Now, we wait for the weather to signal a go!