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Mon Mar 12, 2012, 09:38 AM

Showing off our weekend projects.

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Hello, DU Gardening group. This is my first post in the group, as I am new to gardening.

My family and I spent the weekend creating a new garden. I think it it turned out to be pretty good, so I wanted to post here in the DU Gardening group to show off all of our hard work from this weekend.

Here is our raised bed, approximately 11 feet x 3.5 feet. The sides of the bed are made from old roof slates.



And here is the salad table I built. Instructions are here. My boys helped paint it.



We haven't actually planted anything yet. I think that'll be next week's project.

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Reply Showing off our weekend projects. (Original post)
Skinner Mar 2012 OP
Denninmi Mar 2012 #1
Tuesday Afternoon Mar 2012 #2
NEOhiodemocrat Mar 2012 #3
dmosh42 Mar 2012 #4
naughty nina Mar 2012 #15
Curmudgeoness Mar 2012 #5
lpbk2713 Mar 2012 #6
Vanje Mar 2012 #7
Vanje Mar 2012 #8
Skinner Mar 2012 #9
Vanje Mar 2012 #10
Tsiyu Mar 2012 #18
JDPriestly Mar 2012 #11
NeedleCast Mar 2012 #12
Whisp Mar 2012 #13
HillWilliam Mar 2012 #14
HopeHoops Mar 2012 #16
Ruby Reason Mar 2012 #17
NRaleighLiberal Mar 2012 #19
tru Apr 2012 #20
beac Apr 2012 #21

Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 12, 2012, 09:59 AM

1. Well, way to go Skinner!

You will become "one of us" now. In a few years, you'll be telling everyone you know in great detail about that certain eggplant or tomato or whatever you grew. Their eyes will all glaze over, but you'll love every minute of it.

I also think it's really important that children learn where their food comes from.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 12, 2012, 10:28 AM

2. off to a good start, Skinner

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 12, 2012, 10:56 AM

3. Nice!

Looks like you acomplished a lot this weekend. Welcome to the gardening club You will love it and your boys will learn so much.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 12, 2012, 12:22 PM

4. I could see that three nice tomato plants would fit in there, and...

if they grow well, I can see that garden expanded to 20 x 30 next year! Good luck!

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Response to dmosh42 (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 15, 2012, 01:15 PM

15. Mmm...tomatoes.

 

I wish I could grow many of them. Last year was a bust but tomorrow's another day!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 12, 2012, 06:24 PM

5. Well, you were busy. Looks nice.

I like that idea of using roof slate to construct the raised bed. It makes for an interesting look.

I am still feeling like a beginner too, even if I have been doing this a few years now. But the people posting here in Gardening are awesome. You will learn a lot from them and from your own mistakes.

Welcome to the world of gardening. Ah, the wonder of nature!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 12, 2012, 09:29 PM

6. Looks good.




I hope your garden is in a spot that gets full sun most of the day.


Good luck.





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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 12, 2012, 09:35 PM

7. Nice work!

You're gonna love gardening

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 12, 2012, 09:38 PM

8. For your boys : a Bean Teepee!

Next weekends project?
http://www.kiddiegardens.com/bean_teepee.html

(I make myself one EA year......and I'm, uh , old.

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Response to Vanje (Reply #8)

Mon Mar 12, 2012, 09:58 PM

9. Funny you should mention the bean teepee.

That actually is my next project.

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Response to Skinner (Reply #9)

Mon Mar 12, 2012, 10:12 PM

10. Awesome!

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Response to Skinner (Reply #9)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 08:14 PM

18. If you plant a combo of Kentucky Wonder pole beans,

scarlett runner beans and heavenly blue morning glory, you'll have a colorful and edible tipi the kids will love.

kudos to you for taking the time to garden with the babies....that's where future gardeners come from


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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Mar 14, 2012, 02:13 AM

11. Good start!

I like the raised bed with roof slats.
It looks practical.







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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Mar 14, 2012, 08:45 AM

12. Looks Great Skinner

This is about the size I started with three years ago and my gardening has slowly taken over most of my back yard. It's addicting in the same way tattoos are. One day you've got a 11x3 raised bed, a few years later your back yard looks like the Hanging Gardens.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Mar 14, 2012, 06:28 PM

13. that looks fantastic!

 

I can't wait to start mucking around in the mud! It's still way too early here tho.

We don't have much sun in our yard so generally vegetable gardens and a lot of flowers don't do well. Plus we had a rather large dog a while back so our grass was never very good looking.

So what I did is planted hardy perenial ground covers, instead of regular grass. It's coming together nice tho it took a lot of years to fill out. Our yard looks like a wild jungle and that's how we like it. I buy some hanging tomatoes to add here and there where the sun peeks in and plan to plant some
Karl Foerster grass. This will be a first try for me and I hope they survive because I am just crazy for them.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu Mar 15, 2012, 09:50 AM

14. Great, Skinner!

Half the joy is clever use of available space. You'll really enjoy the products of your endeavors!

I had a raised-bed in town. Now that I'm out in the boonies, I've got a bit more room. So far I've got about 1/3 of my kitchen garden in, starting from the side next to the woods. At the far end, there are heirloom greasy cut-short beans, then a patch of black beans, then spaghetti squash and watermelons. The trellis to the right has kiwi fruit vines. In a couple of months the trellis will be greened-over.

One of my female kiwis bloomed last year, so I'm hoping this year the male will bloom. Can't wait to taste kiwi fruit, sun-ripened fresh from the vine!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Fri Mar 16, 2012, 07:48 PM

16. Excellent! Have fun!

 

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Sat Mar 17, 2012, 07:29 AM

17. The roof slates is an interesting idea. I like it.

A few years ago my husband built me a large raised box of wood. It is holding up super well. I have mostly perennials planted in it, but we save one section for annual foods like lettuce, radish, and basil. I hope you enjoy your box and salad table as much as I've enjoyed mine.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Mar 20, 2012, 10:20 PM

19. that's a great project....need seedlings? today's blog...with pics

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Sun Apr 1, 2012, 12:48 PM

20. Soon you will know

 

why Gardening does not belong in Recreation, but in its old place in Home & Family. Or as someone said in DU2 more or less, recreation, that must be when I come in the house after working in the garden and lay on the floor for a couple of hours.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Apr 2, 2012, 11:55 AM

21. Hello and welcome, Skinner!

Looks like you are off to a good start. I'm about three years into learning to be a gardener and DU has been a great resource in that endeavor. I'm sure you'll find to be so too.

It's incredibly satisfying to eat something you grew yourself. And it's great that you are getting the boys involved. Kiddie gardener tip: radishes grow fast and give almost instant gratification while you wait for the rest to get going-- plus they help repel squash bugs! If you don't like to eat them, let them flower. They get quite tall and have pretty blooms.

Will look forward to more pics of your backyard patch!

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