Thursday, May 31, 2012

Our Raised Garden

Zack's parents came over last weekend and the four of us braved the near 100 degree heat to build our raised garden bed. 

We have a rabbit problem in our yard. Much to our dog's dismay, she's so far been unable to catch any of them. Not for lack of trying, however. 

We realize that the point of the raised bed is to discourage any rabbits from hopping into your garden and destroying your crops. Our rabbits seems to be quite ingenious, so we decided to go the extra step and build in posts to hold some chicken wire around the perimeter.

Our entire garden is 4' wide x 10' long, and 10 1/2" deep. We filled it with a combination of compost, potting soil and peat moss. 

Since the temperatures have been unusually high lately, we decided to buy many of our plants already grown, instead of starting from seeds. We purchased our herbs: parsley, rosemary, oregano, thyme, two basil plants, and onion chives. 

We have yellow and red bell peppers, grape tomatoes, and super fantastic tomatoes, which are basically beefsteaks. We also are trying our hand at white onions, garlic, shallots, summer squash, strawberries, carrots, and radishes. We started the carrots and radishes from seed.

We have a lot of other leafy vegetables that we will be planting later in the year when it cools off a bit.

After a scorching hot Memorial Day weekend, we have gotten some relief with a nice downpour and cooler temperatures. We also noticed that some insects have been enjoying our parsley and one of our basil plants, so we're trying to get that under control. At least we hope it's insects. Otherwise, we'll be trying to catch that rabbit and take him to a good home somewhere miles away from our house. 

We'll update you with the progress of our garden throughout the summer!

1 comment:

  1. Great! You'll love the freshest things that money can't buy. Be warned, I've watched rabbits climb the 4' rabbit fence around my garden from my kitchen window. They are a problem. Cool weather greens in the fall are very good. Some, like collards and kale are even better after a mild frost.