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I so enjoy looking at other people's garden pics and thought I would add mine.

We finally got my new greenhouse finished.  I am surprised that a flat roof works so well - it gets HOT in there!  It is made with PVC clear wavy panels from Home Depot.  When it is 60 degrees outside, it is over 100 degrees inside - but doesn't really feel like it.  I had to hang some sun screen fabric up on the roof and west side.

It is 8 x 12.  I couldn't talk husband into trying to make roof vents - so all I got was that small window on the front edge for cooling in the summer.  This side has a workbench, a shelf wraps all around the inside at about 5 feet, and the other side is for planting in the ground - I figured that I need it after this surprisingly cold winter and 3 serious snow events with accumulation where we usually get one every 5 years or so with no real accumulation - ain't 'global warming grand'.  The cabbage and onions and turnips and some of the spinach will still have to be outside - for space considerations.  It's a bit close to the neighbor - who just built an add-on to his house - but it is the only area that gets a decent amount of winter sun.  Out here we can build what we want - no nosy govt agencies or home owner groups - just gotta hope you have decent and reasonable neighbors!

We have gardened the sunken area in front of the greenhouse for over 10 years - adding a bit of compost each year, but after super-horse-poop-composting it last year, I came to really realize how important it is to have an area that is never stepped on - the soil is so wonderfully loose.  Since I spent all of my money on the green house, I had to look for a no-cost way of raising a bed - so I sent my boys out into the woods where the loggers recently cleared out the pines and they dragged these nice long logs in - some thicker than others - but it got the job done.  In this pic the beds are not yet finished - still had some of the cabbage and onions to pull and a bit more to hand-turn over.

In the very front left row, you can see a few eggplant seedlings I put out - I am leaving everything under cloches made of cut-off 2 liter soda bottles with the lids OFF.  I planted even though the end-caps aren't put in the raised beds yet - hopefully we can place them without hurting the plants. It is still getting into the low 40s at night.  An oak leaf mulch covers the area that I am done turning over.  I also have some turnips going to seed - I only grow heirloom vegs so I have to leave them alone until the seeds are done.  I stick marigolds all over as bug repellants.

Each bed is about 30 to 36 inches by about 28 feet.  I am laying newspaper between the beds and covering it with old hay - to kill that nasty chick weed and feed the earth worms - you can see it near the top - between the center and left beds.  I don't want seeds from weeds blowing all over the beds.  Gotta finish the rest of the walk areas.

Here is another view of my raised beds - shot from the corner of the greenhouse.  To the left of the 3rd raised bed, you can see a newly plowed area where we have about 3 dozen tomato plants.  In the top center is the back garden - it consists of 3 raised beds - currently raised on one side - but I have extra long logs and plan to place 2 logs on top of each other on the non-supported sides of the first 2 raised rows - staked up to stay in place.  The back area is currently heavily manured and I am going to try indian flint corn this year there instead of sweet corn - plan to make my own cornmeal.  I like to plant pole beans that I let dry on the vine and pumpkins in the corn - this year I am going to try a pole cowpea.  I don't have to walk thru the area so much if I just let the beans grow to dry.  This back garden is currently winter stuff - spinach,lettuce, peas, fava beans, onions, carrots and turnips, along with garlic and lots of onions from seeds - they don't seem to want to get big - I'm still working on growing onions - didn't used to have bulbing problems years ago in the Dallas area.  I planted this area the first week of February - right  before 3 snows!  It usually only snows once every 4 or 5 years here.  The seeds stayed dormant in the cold, wet ground for a month - they popped up the first week of March - at which time they should have been half grown.  This winter, that stuff goes in the greenhouse.

This year's horse manure compost pile - we had 2 good years of horse poop from a neighbor.  But, alas, they got rid of their coralled horses and next hear it is back to just whatever compost I can produe and the cheap $1.25 bags of cow compost from Lowe's.

I will be planting more tomatoes, ground cherries, lots of different peppers, 4 types of summer squash, long Japanese cukes, Waltham Butternut and long Thai beans in the raised beds - the butternut, long beans and cukes are going to grow on a 5' high 15' long raised fence held in place with t-posts in the middle of the first raised bed.  Off the the very left of the new tomato section and raised beds is a large area where I plant watermelons, cantaloupe and about 5 types of large winter squash.  (I always hand pollinate my squashes and mark the few squashes I pollinate - books say that squash don't degenerate if you only keep a few seeds - not like corn or other plants that you have to get a broad scope of seeds for genetics sake).  I don't have room for all of the bush beans I want to grow -  may just have to plant them between winter squash and watermelons and try to keep the vines off of them - or since they are about 60 day crops, maybe squeeze some in inbetween tomatoes that burn up in August and end of Sept when I plant my winter stuff.  My husband figures that the more yard I plow up, the less grass he has to worry about keeping mowed.  We do have a somewhat serious copperhead problem around here though - I always kill several in my garden each year and lots more in the yard - so I can't let things get too thick. Always have to watch where my hand is going when I reach down to the ground in the garden.   Thankfully they can't get up into plants like the other snakes around here - they, along with the coral snakes here are ground dwellers.  We have trouble telling king snakes and other good snakes from water mocassins - unless you get real close to them - you can't see the pits or unless you poke one in the mouth, you can't see if it has fangs.  Yuck.  The copperheads are much more frequent - we only occassionally find a black snake around here or hanging from a fruit tree.  But, I digress.  During the summer, I hand small bars of hotel soap from tree limbs along the tree line to try to keep the deer out of the yard - during the winter, however, we like them to come around:  bang, and into the freezer!!  <grin>  I do want to try to make biltong out of deer - maybe this winter.

I just can't find the room to plant all of my seedlings - so I dug up a bed on the east side of the greenhouse - a bit over a foot deed and to keep grass roots out, I sunk some old 2x6s deepwise under the front 4x4.  Hopefully it will take the termites at least a couple of years to eat thru all that wood.

I dug a bed on the north side of the greenhouse -still gets plenty of sun - for my Scarlet Runner beans.  Will let them grow up the front of the carport.  I didn't mix enough of the horse stuff in this bed and it is a bit harder to water - have to let the water soak into the sand.

Finally, got the spring beds planted - the cukes, long beans and walthum butternuts popped up quickly. 

It was a lot of work - dragging in and placing all those logs, but I don't plan to have to do that again for years.  Should take those trees at least 4 or 5 years to rot.  Also, I realized last summer how wonderful it is to have garden places that are never walked on - the soil stays to loose - that is the main reason I finally did these raised beds.

Anyway, this is my garden this year.  In the large area ion this side of that propane tank, I finally got most of my watermelons (I plant a 2nd batch about 2 weeks later), cantaloupe and winter squash in.  I'm growing Blue Hubbard, Pennensylvania Dutch Crookneck, Boston Marrow, jumbo Pink Bananna and an unknown 'Hopi' squash someone sent me seeds for.

wow nice work and great idea on the logs, makes it look rustic in a good way

Thanks so much for sharing.  You gave me some great ideas for my place. +1

using those logs for a raised bed is a great idea

+1  - Awesome job on the garden and the greenhouse.  I'm so jealous cuz I want a greenhouse (well and a goat but that's another story).  Thanks for the pictures! I love pictures!  You should have an abundant harvest this year from all your hard work.  I always tell everyone to keep track of how much you grow - you will be surprised.  I just weigh the veggies when I bring them in and write how much and what in a notebook and then at the end of the season I add it all up and am always pleasantly surprised by the amount. Blessings, TBM


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