Love this.......I always enjoy seeing these style gardens vs. what I do, the traditional row garden. So neat, looks relatively carefree, no hoeing or tilling, yet you still get the rewards of gardening.
Linderhof, thanks! I'm trying. The plan is to paint the posts, fence, and arbor black early next spring before I plant anything.
Beau's Rose, That grass is going to get the best of me! I had some brome go to seed her last year and we had enough rain this year that it is growing in the rocks. When it gets long enough, it pulls out easily. I don't have a watering system. The soil in the beds is peat moss, compost, and vermiculite. So it is supposed to retain water better and not need watered as often. So far, I'm only watering every 3rd day in 80 degree weather.
Vera Ellen, This style is supposed to mean less weeds, no tilling, and more production out of a smaller area. I am glad I chose to do it this way!
Lookin good! I almost asked about this on your other thread. Glad to see you have some goodies planted and can enjoy some of the "fruits of your labor"! At least you don't have to battle the common bermuda grass that I have...that stuff is HORRIBLE! Not only does it reseed, it also has underground runners! EVERYWHERE!!!
"The soil is the source of life, creativity, culture and real independence." David Ben-Gurion
My Dog, Thanks! I have a red honeysuckle vine that will be planted on that arbor soon. I am also thinking of planting a bush on either side. Not sure I want to take up that much room, but I have them and they might get planted there this week. :-) This area was running downhill before I started, we had to level it first then I used the rock to level it more.
zone9lady, We like the view! You know, only about 8 vehicles go by here a day. Use Google images or pinterest to find veggie gardens you like to show your DH. Maybe you can tell him you'll handle the design part. My plans is to put a 2 foot cutting garden all around the outside of this fence.
What a stunning square foot gardening plot you have. I love the white rocks all around them too. Good Job! I planted 'compact container sized tomatoes' in my raised garden as it is a small area and I didn't want monster sized tomatoes (wishful thinking!!!) I was planning to just stake them and not buy a tomato cage. Are tomato cages better/necessary for my use? Do Marigolds really repel insects? I have some that reseeded this year. I can move some over to the veggie patch. I had SPIDER MITES on them last year, what insects do they actually REPEL? (they grew under my Pine Tree which got the mites)
Posts: 1898 | Location: "The Garden State" ~ NJ ~~Zone 7 | Registered: Nov 05, 2004
Dacia, have you used those black rings on your tomatoes before? If so how do you like them and how soon do you have to add them? My garden FINALLY got planted last week and I had seen the black rings in one of my catalogs, I almost ordered a few but wasn't sure if they were worth the money. I always put down landscape barrier then mulch, helps with weeds most of the time and retains the moisture.. Love your garden area, thanks for posting pix and hope to see more.
Posts: 4598 | Location: Rural SE Colorado | Registered: Jun 14, 2003
Waverider, Thanks! I like tomato cages better because I don't usually prune my plants like you should. Just one thing I don't do to save myself time. If you use a stake, you'll probably just have to prune them to help it.
I've been planting marigolds with my vegetables for so long, I couldn't remember what I learned.
So I found this: Marigolds - The marigold is probably the most well known plant for repelling insects. French marigolds repel whiteflies and kill bad nematodes. Mexican marigolds are said to offend a host of destructive insects and wild rabbits as well. If you choose marigolds for your garden they must be scented to work as a repellant. And while this plant drives away many bad bugs, it also attracts spider mites and snails.