I remember the first time we were sitting on the deck talking and relaxing after dinner when the two tiny spotted fawns suddenly appeared in the back corner of the garden. After the squinting and pointing and exclamations of how cute we watched them get bolder each evening as they hopped and played taking an occasional nibble here and there on the young plants. They seemed most fond of the beans and young pepper plants but spent more time jumping and playing than eating so we were satisfied t...
I have over the years developed a large collection of gardening tools. Rakes and spades, hoes and cultivators, hoses and sprayer heads enough to fill a garage, a shed, and a good portion of the basement to name a few of the more typical tools. Every trip to the garden center you see another gadget promising to make your garden grow better while simultaneously reducing time and effort needed to make it produce. Sometimes I try them, though most often these days I pick them up and laugh and kee...
A few months ago while sitting on the deck one evening, my wife and I had discussed the possibility of changing the deck into a sunroom (that post is here). While typically this sort of project is done to increase the square footage of the house, our consideration was to increase the space we had to grow fresh vegetables and herbs, particularly during our overly long winter months. Though not quite October, the days are getting shorter at an alarming rate and the coolness of the evening ai...
Somehow the garden finds a way of getting bigger nearly every year but this year is really taking a new approach. The strip of property that adjoins ours came up for sale. It is an old lot that has not actually been used for many years, with an old farm that was left behind in the mid 80’s was broken up and sold off after going out of business. This lot has never really been used being nothing but a rectangular lot about an acre in size with the old milk parlor on it. What us the use for an o...
Chickens are an integral part of my garden. They help keep the bugs under control, as well as eat the tops of the weeds off. They also provide me with some great fertilizer and much like the zucchini plants, they provide a never ending supply of food. Enough so that between my neighbors and I, we can’t seem to eat enough eggs and zucchinis to keep up. However to my kids the chickens are their pets, so when a fox came into the yard looking for dinner, it was quite a traumatic experience....
This is how my terrace garden has taken shape this season. The rainy season is about to end and timely pruning, partial replenishing of soil, addition of fertilizers and control of harmful insects has resulted in a healthy plant growth, good looking flowers and vegetables. Some of vegetables are yet to bear fruit and I will post their pictures in the near future. As an additional activity I have started breeding Guppy fish. The aquarium tanks were constructed by me on my terrace and it was a ...
I have been meaning to post this since last summer, but as always, life is busy. For mother’s day, my kids wanted to build my wife a water garden, complete with a fountain and water plants. We found a plastic pot, filled it with water and went down to our local garden center to pick out some water plants and a fountain. We found a little turtle fountain for the pot, sadly that 1st winter I forgot to bring it indoors. When everything froze the left over water in the turtle expanded a...
I wrote this blog post earlier this spring before I joined Garden Tenders. It is my construction process of how I built the raised bed and traced them into the hillside. My wife also had a good time making fun of me and my rototilling technique. You can read the whole story on my blog Building Terraced Garden Boxes
A few weeks ago I finally managed to get the long awaited garden shed built. Getting the agreement to build the shed had been a more difficult process than actually building it, if you recall an earlier post I did here about the Garden Shed Controversy. Once it was settled to build the shed, my wife pitched in and we had it built in the course of a weekend and few evenings and fresh coat of paint and roof shingles added the following Saturday. After spending the late afternoon and early eveni...
I have been into gardening my whole life. I credit my love of gardening to my grandfather, who always had a huge backyard garden. As a kid, it was a big deal to help grandpa plant his garden every spring, and then go back in the summer to help him harvest it and help grandma can green beans. Therefore, I wanted to build a cold frame to help get my little garden to produce what my grandfathers did. You can read about how I went about building my first cold frame and a mistake I made...
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