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  • Keby's picture

    DAY 5


    The whole gang and I went to our local nursery and picked out plants for the new garden. We bought a lot of herbs, some flowers, a strawberry plant and even aplants in garden peanut plant! (F.W. wanted that one. I’m not sure if it will be warm enough to grow peanuts, but we’ll see.) We had those plus the plants saved from the old garden to plant. With everyone pitching in we planted them in no time!


    One of the main things to take into consideration when you plant things is whether it is a plant that needs to be in full sun, partial sun, or shade. Most plants bought from garden centers and stores will have a little tag in sticking out of the soil that will tell you this information (along with how deep and how far apart to put your plants). This information helped us decide what the sections of the garden would be, because part of the garden is shady for a good portion of the day.

     

    Each wedge also has a "theme", with the main section being devoted to herbs and edible plants. The other sections are a mixture between flowers and pretty non-flowering plants. There is still one small section that we left empty. Maybe we'll add some edible plants in that section next week.

     

     

    After everything was planted we gathered all those rocks, plus hunted down a few more, and added a border around each section. This makes the garden look nice, but it also actually keeps it tidy by keeping the dirt and the woodchips separated.
    final garden

     

    Here's a look at the evolution of the weedy patch into a nice new garden!
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    It was a busy week, but I think you will all agree the final results were worth it! Is there anybody else out there starting a garden? What does your look like? Send us your pictures!

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    DAY 4

     


    wood chips
    Before I add the soil to the garden, I want to create paths that help shape my actual planting areas. I’m going to make “wedges” in this garden, and each wedge will have a different theme. I’m going to separate each wedge by putting wood chips down. These wood chips will separate my garden beds and act as paths. Also they help cover the newspaper so I can put soil down only where I'll be planting (great compost is like a treasure and I don't want to waste any).

    wood chips creating garden layout

    There are a few awkward spots, such as the small space behind one of the tree stumps so I’m just going to fill in those little areas with the wood chips as well. These wood chip areas are important because they give you access to your garden. You don't want to walk on your actual planting beds and compact the soil. That is bad for the plants and makes your garden look messy. With paths you don't have to.

     


    Once the wood chips are down in the non-planting areas, I fill in the beds with soil. Since your beds are sitting on newspaper, over untilled ground, make a nice deep layer of soil to give the roots a lot of room to grow and get healthy before they push down into the earth.

    putting soil in garden beds

    Look at how nice it's looking already, and there aren't even any plants in there yet!

     

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    DAY 3

     

    I went to my local newspaper office and asked if they have any old newspapers they would be willing to give me. Boy did they! No, I don’t want to read the same articles over and over again, I need them for the garden. And, no Ramses, I'm not planting newspaper trees. You see, to prevent the weeds from coming up again,Moo-Cow newspapering garden I’m covering the entire garden bed with the papers! I'm breaking each newspaper up into its sections (arts, sports, etc.) and laying those down with the edges overlapping. Moo-Cow helped me but I kept catching him reading the paper instead of laying them out.

     

    Newspaper is a pretty solid barrier that helps smother the plants underneath. This will hopefully keep most of the weeds from growing through the newspaper and allow the stronger plants on top to push through the newspaper as they grow deeper roots. Eventually the newspaper will decompose and you won’t ever be able to tell it was there. (By the way, this is a great technique to start a new garden on a patch of grass.)

     

    Luckily it wasn’t a windy day (or there would be newspapers all over the lawn) but I wet the papers as I went to keep them on the ground. Doesn’t the newspaper pattern look really pretty!

    newspapers covering a garden bed

    NOTE: Tomorrow's step has to be done on the same day as this step, or all of your newspapers will blow away.

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    Day 2 

     


    I
    n addition to pulling weeds and raking I also moved the ring of rocks that surrounded the original garden. They had been there so long many were buried and some even had these cool looking ant colonies under them!

     

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    I felt bad destroying their homes, but I had to move the rocks to get at some of the weeds. I did see Kiweenie poking around over there a little later, he must have smelled ants (can he actually smell bugs? I'll have to ask him that). I’m going to leave the rocks pushed to the side for now so I can change the size of the garden if I need to.

     

    With everything raked out this little garden isn’t so bad after all. I've even found about eight plants I'm going to rescue and put into the new garden. Because I'm not going to be replanting them right away I need to put them somewhere they'll survive their time out of the ground. The best trick for this is just taking a bag of soil and poking small drain holes in the side facing the ground. Then split the top side of the bag down the middle lengthwise and bury the roots of the plants you want to save right in the bag of soil. Be sure to keep them watered too!

     

    plants in soil bag

     

    There are still a lot of weeds left in the patch, and even if I spent time pulling everything out, they will grow back and it won’t be long until it is covered in weeds again. Luckily, I have a solution for this problem but I don't have time for it today. You'll just have to check back tomorrow!

     

     

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    Remember my shade garden that I planted last fall? Well, this is what it looks like this spring!

    Shade garden the next year.

    I just raked it out, added some wood chips to prevent weeds from coming up, and watered it a few times. Aside from that I haven’t done any other maintenance and it is already starting to look so beautiful! Spring sure makes me happy!

     

    It’s a good thing my shade garden doesn’t require a lot of work because I have a new project over at the Moo-Cow Fan Club Headquarters that is going to take up all my extra time this week.

     

    overgrown garden patch

     

    Check out this "garden." What a mess huh? I can tell at one time it was probably a great little garden, but it has been neglected for so long that is now filled with weeds, saplings, and random plants that have taken root there. I'm going to spend some time everyday this week redoing this garden. It's actually something anyone can easily do. So, put on your gardening gloves and don't be afraid to get dirty!

     

    The first order of business will be pulling up some of the biggest weeds and raking the whole thing out so we can see what we have to work with. I'm pretty sure we'll be able to save some of the plants in there for the new garden!

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