Not exactly a photo of the garden, but the layout thus far (the glasshouse still has to be built). We're on a suburban property in a neighborhood built on historic market gardens. All of the veggies are planted in raised beds. The fruittrees were planted bare-rooted, have been in the ground for only 4 months, and recently bloomed and grew leaves. No shots of the entire garden just yet, but some "close-ups" below.
And the one below is particularly old as all of the raised beds are now in place. Obviously needing to get out with the camera!
Pretty unusual to have such a green looking garden this late in the year at the Minnesota-North Dakota border. Some of the record low temps for this time of year are below zero F.....lucky for us we've only seen teens a few nights. With some tarps, we were able to squeak the kale through the cold snap. The hammer will drop again in a few days or few weeks, but for now it's nice to be harvesting kale from the garden for Thanksgiving dinner. Debating digging some sunchokes and parsnips as well for the meal. The cold was enough to cover the river with ice, but it's thawed enough for the weekend.....maybe just enough time for a kayak trip or two before it closes up again.
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A couple of years ago I made a raised bed out of an old cattle watering tank. It's 6' in diameter. I made the bed by layering sunflower stalks, manure, wood chip mulch, old hay, and a few bags of so-called organic topsoil from the nursery. Each year I would top off the bed with a half dozen new bags of soil from the nursery until the settling stopped. I built the bed in 2011. It's been 2 years since I added soil and everything is stabile right now. I have nice, dark, crumbly soil! In this image you see peas and jalapenos planted among the 'ollas' that I use for irrigation. The rail around the stock tank was to keep the cows from stepping in to cool their feet! I've found that it takes several years to build the soil in a new bed so be patient with your first few crops.
I probably went overboard with wrapping my bananas but they are out in the open and don't have a building or fence blocking the north wind so why not? The banana I had in the greenhouse froze close to death while these did fine. Lost several Lime Gold and Pereskiopsis plants do to the weather forecast being ~10 degrees above the actual temperature. All but about two of my Pineapple plants that I grow from tops are a lost cause as well.
Otherwise everything is growing great and all the cold weather crops that weren't under plastic covers bounced back, except one variety of mustard which seems to like being limp.
If I am successful with two banana plants then I'm clearing out several hundred feet of brush and trees between my garden and the larger field and planting a banana grove over it for privacy and profitability.
I posted this under spring before but I took a new picture from my table on the first day of spring because it is so glorious when I first look in there and see all those pink blooms. in the background out the window is the top of the peach house.
so far this year in the west virginia panhandle in my rather large backyard with a greenhouse not shown
seen in picture onions leeks spinach lettuce potatoes snow peas carrots mescalin mix garlic
unseen other potatoes tomatoes snow peas beets herbs beans white red and concord seedless with bunches grape vines elderberries strawberries raspberries orange black and red asparagus rhubarb horseradish peppers tomatilios red lettuce romaine lettuce squash yellow and zucchini arugula chard collards kale etc
note: i am seeking an older retired person who believes in Yahshua = Jesus to share my bounty and life with no rent but just pitch in for utilities and no drugs smoking drinking no TV and no living in active sin amen
be wise virgins ready and waiting
in west virginia now in a small town martinsburg growing lots of veggies.. thank you Jesus
PS: always seeking followers of Jesus
Location: Unincorporated Pierce County, WA Zone 7b
posted 1 year ago
With the PNW having the coldest wettest winter in recorded history, it's been a slow year on the annual vegetable front. But, my comfrey is shoulder-height, so nearly five feet tall. We're about to get some heat, so I imagine it is going to struggle at this size, so I'll chop it back. But, right now, how glorious it is!
I'm so excited to be a member of this forum. I just bought my home This past Summer 2016 and spent this winter cleaning up the wildness of the property trees and then burying the refuse (branches, leaves, weeds and grass clippings.) We went from this (the front pear tree had died):
To this just 1 year later:
I've added a small veggie garden (6ft x 18ft) built on top of Hugelkultur beds and planted fruit trees (peach, cherry, fig, citrus, plum, pear, apple, mulberry, grapevines, blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries). In the process, I've mined up tons of TX limestone and made use of it as garden bed borders. The citrus trees will get protective coverings this winter with help from my pops. I've also put in irrigation.