Raised Vegetable Garden
Gosh it has been almost three months since we (Christopher mostly) built our raised garden bed area. I wanted a raised vegetable garden so that I could easily maintain it…all by myself if I wanted to. Then, because of living in the country we figured we might as well put a fence around it because of the deer and critters that we have roaming. So, we have raised beds but they are not complete. We still have to add our garden shed on the back and put rock down around all of the beds.
Lately, it feels like we have had so many projects that we cannot get one finished before started another. After we got back from vacation to Grand Cayman the number one priority was getting a water line to the garden.
The water line turned into not just a water line but a sprinkler system in the front yard. Then we has to replant grass and smooth that out. As you can see…it has been on thing after another…so now we have a smooth front yard, water to the garden, and a sprinkler system. We are hoping to completely finish the garden area this fall and clean up all of our berry and grape areas and all of that good stuff.
This spring, after the beds were first complete, we planted, lettuce, broccoli, cabbage and onions. We had a good crop and thoroughly enjoyed everything. There is nothing better than fresh from the garden lettuce.
We currently have a “salsa bed” which has tomatoes, a variety of peppers and cilantro. In addition to the salsa bed we have a small variety of cantaloupe, pole beans, another bed of tomatoes, a bed of wild flowers, squash, and okra.
Outside the garden we have blueberries, blackberries, grapes, peach trees, apple trees, and plum trees. All of our fruits are only one-two years old. However, we are going to get a small crop from each…with the exception of peaches, plums, and apples. We are going to add strawberries to the mix as well for next year.
Keeping Animals out of the Garden
Prior to our fenced in raised vegetable garden we had major problems with deer, rabbits, squirrels…you name it. Having the fence around the garden has really helped. We also added a wildlife netting to keep animals out. Within the first couple of weeks of having the netting up, we caught a snake…I know I know…my heart almost skipped a beat when I saw it. However, it was completely tangled up in the fencing. Since then…we have seen another snake (rat) and then killed a cotton mouth in our garage.
The cotton mouth in the garage about did it for me. I about decided then that perhaps I was not cut out to be a country girl with a garden and yard and all that stuff. Christopher and I love being outdoors and working in the garden/yard, but I hope that I never have to come across another icky snake like that again.
Oh and back to pests in our garden…we have Irish Spring soap hanging from every fruit tree laying around all of our berry plants and grapes. I read this helps and so far so good. Someone also told me to have Christopher urinate around them and that would help as well.
There is nothing worse than working so hard on your fruits and veggies and then have an animal eat all of the produce…ugh makes me mad just thinking about it.
Anyway, I just wanted to give everyone an update of our raised vegetable garden. So far so good with everything. We have our own compost mixed with store bought potting soil and everything is currently thriving. I cannot wait to start picking beans and okra and making homemade salsa.