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Finally, a new beginning! May 3, 2010

Filed under: community garden,raise-bed gardening — gardenerq @ 6:24 AM
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After months of not being able to work on my plot due to school and life, I was finally able to get the weeds cleared off.  I was also able to build a frame for the raised-bed vegetable patch.  That was two weekends ago.  I am following a method that has been called “lasagna” or “no-till” gardening.  The dimensions of the frame built are 8 in x 15 ft x 15 ft.   I’m using this size frame instead of making narrow and long beds because one square frame uses less wood than three rectangular ones.

This past weekend I was able to get most of the material for the layers of my garden bed.  This picture shows the  first 2 layers: newspaper and alfalfa hay.  Laying down the newspaper layer was a bit slow going because it was a windy day.  The hay was fun.  I’ve never pulled apart a bale of hay or straw before.  The bales are made up of bricks/wafers of hay.


Hello world! April 19, 2010

Filed under: community garden,raise-bed gardening,vegetables — gardenerq @ 3:55 PM
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I am your average home-gardening enthusiast.  When I was growing up in Portland, Oregon our house had a small garden in the backyard.  We had a friend who knew a lot about gardening and he helped us till the soil and prepare our vegetable beds. He taught my mom about companion planting and planting with the phase of the moon.  I must confess that I didn’t pay that much attention to any of it back then.

Fast forward a few decades and here I am, in Zone 9b, with a few fruit trees in the backyard and a few tomato plants in containers.  I also have a couple of vegetable beds in the front yard where I grew corn and lettuce last summer.  We don’t have enough sunny areas around the house to have a vegetable bed so I rented a couple of plots from the city’s Community Garden.  The plots are 15 ft x 15 ft and I was lucky enough to get two that are next to each other.  I got the plots last fall but was too busy to get them going.  This spring I vowed to start anew.

My rented plots

Oh, I almost forgot.  I also have a smaller plot at a different community garden.  That one is only 10 ft x 10 ft.  I’ve had that one for a year now.  It is also a raised-bed plot but I didn’t use the layering method.  I just used a garden “soil” mix.

My small plot...last year.

Some of the harvest

I was able to grow and harvest some corn, Swiss chard, green bean, cabbage, snow pea, mini pumpkin, okra, and yellow squash.  Pretty cool for a little plot, huh?

I will chronicle my progress and congress here.  It’s my way of sharing the fruits/veggies of my labor.