Garden Planning

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I’d better hurry up and get my website stuff over to this blog, finishing up the project of shutting down my website/migrating it here. Spring’s a-comin’!

I’ve already scratched out a draft of my garden and what I want in it this year. I’m going to go with the same stuff we’ve grown the past few years, but moving over to heirloom seeds. Anything I don’t have that’s heirloom I will try to buy. Because our budget is so tight right now, I’m going to have problems purchasing everything I need.

There are seed traders, but I need seeds to trade for them. Some kind people do offer a few seeds for free, so I might just hang out on those forums and see if I can send a SASE to get a few free starter heirloom seeds of the things I need.

 

Raised bed from Pallets

 

 

I also plan on building raised beds this year from pallets. Six would be great (that’s the goal) but I’ll be happy to get a few. My husband works where he can get pallets and flat pressed board free. He is thinking he should make a shed. I told him go for it! Once the snow thaws I’ll be out assessing the pallets we already have, and figuring out how many more we need.

We’re also fortunate to have bamboo growing in our backyard, as well as a willow tree. The neighbor behind us HATES our bamboo. I love it. Grow more more more!! She asked us to cut a lot of it back. It is our yard and we like it and told her so, but we said we would cut back what’s close to her fence. In his ever niceness eager to please way, my husband got overzealous in cutting back our bamboo last summer. I was not pleased! However, we now have a dry pile of hard bamboo! I’ll trim off the thin stems from the stalk, and we can whip them together and use them for mini-trellises for staking peas or vining plants. I can’t wait to get started on this! I don’t have experience doing any of this (building raised beds, twining the bamboo stalks to make something useful) but I plan to learn.

 

Our willow tree was trimmed back a year and a half ago. Unfortunately I didn’t do anything with the stems. You can make so many many things with willow stems. I’ll see how the tree is this year and maybe I can try one or two small projects. I kind of like this living garden arch project I saw. You stick the stems into the ground on two sides and weave the ends above you making an arch. It’ll be bare the first year but if you keep it watered next year the leaves will grow and it’ll fill in. I’ve kept a picture of it somewhere and the instructions; when I find I’ll post.

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4 thoughts on “Garden Planning

  1. You shouldn’t ever have to cut down your bamboo. But as a thoughtful neighbour you should at least try to set up a barrier at the fence line so the neighbour won’t have bamboo creeping over.

    Raised beds are so nice, I have a few in my own garden. Good luck with finding some heirloom seeds. Don’t forget to check out your local garden market for heirloom fresh veggies and fruit. You can always save the seeds for next year! 🙂

    • Hi Elvenspider – hey that’s a good idea – you mean the farmer’s market, right?

      Yeah a barrier would be nice, if we had the time to do it for her. Or she could just do like we would do – not say anything and just cut them down when they strayed into our yard….or she could set up her own barrier on her side of the fence. The bamboo grew into our yard from other neighbors’ yards anyway and since we like it we aren’t too prompted to do much about it.

      I would like it to grow along the property line between her and our house though. If we allow it to do that then we should construct some type of barrier.

    • Yes you can make so many things with willow! I also saw a living hut type of thing – kind of a half-sphere with an opening, you could put a little chair in there and have tea or a cool drink and read – automatic shade. All the leaves around and above you – cool little hideaway. 😀

      You can make tables and chairs and all kinds of stuff from just the branches themselves.

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