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Project by PakenhamBeauty posted 07-12-2010 11:54 AM 2162 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We used to live on a lake, we had a garden that was on top of a sceptic bed, it was huge, lots of weeds, and it had been started by the previous owner. So every year I would go out and buy plants and add to it. And every year I would get down on my knees and weed everyday, and do a lot of cursing… And then we moved to Pakenham… Rock and clay and 3” of soil. So no veggies for a few years. Until lo and behold I got the bug and wanted to grow my own, so I built my own grow lights, planted my seeds, read up on various types of gardens and voila… I have tomatoes, beets, onions, carrots, beans, green peppers, cucumbers, zuchinni,geraniums,I even started shasta daisies in the square garden and other varieties of flowers in it, they are doing very well and I will transplant them soon.
Now I garden, pickle, jam and salsa, if Pakenham can do that to me, she has to be a beauty.!!Square foot Garden on a budget

I only weed my garden a half hour, at the most per week, yes I said per week, if that, and it is producing already like crazy. I do water every day, but I have no problem with that.

I am actually thinking of redoing my flower gardens the same way. :)
What a joy!

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 07-12-2010 12:11 PM

Your S.F.G. raised garden looks fantastic. Raised garden beds are a good way to get good soil quickly. Enjoy your harvests!

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 07-12-2010 01:27 PM

To me there is no greater enjoyment than starting your own seeds and later transplanting the shoots to the garden and then watching them grow and produce for you.Looks like you have done a fine job of that.Your gardens look great.

-- Bon,Hastings, 5a....Always room for one more

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 07-12-2010 02:49 PM

Your gardens look great. You are going to have lots of good eating there. I wondered what you’re keeping out with the electric fence? I also wondered what growing zone you are in?

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 07-12-2010 04:40 PM

impressive results!

you definitely have a green thumb.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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hardiness zone 11

posted 07-13-2010 01:35 AM

Very impressive pictures of your garden. You have converted the infertile land into a fertile one with the construction of nice raised beds. Wish you a good crop this year.


-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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posted 07-13-2010 06:16 AM

Thats an impressive garden. Nice job.

I always feel like the “Tin Man” after weeding

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 07-13-2010 09:00 AM

Great looking garden, PakenhamBeauty. It is nice to see the progressive photos. I spy some nice looking fruit there :-)

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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hardiness zone 7b

posted 01-25-2011 06:38 PM

Love your raised gardens! I am wanting to start raised beds instead of the regular row type garden. Your seed starting rack is great too! I have a steel shelf unit that I think I will convert to a similar rack. Thanks for sharing the great ideas!

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posted 03-06-2011 07:46 AM

If you are intersted in growing in the clay still, there are a few ways of making the soil quite good. I lived at a place with solid clay. The first year, I dumped a bunch of manure with a lot of straw onto it. In between the rows, I put slabs of old hay that was no longer edible for the animals. After that year, I left all of that on top of the soil and worked it in in the spring. The ground was already crumbly and ready to be worked. Another great method that farmers have employed in the past is to plant alphalfa. It sends a network of roots into the soil making it excellent to work the following year.
Personally, I will be trying the square foot garden in the spring when we have moved to our new place. Can’t wait to get started but we were dumped on with snow again last night.

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