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Garden Expansion

| 10/3/2010 9:37:59 PM

A photo of Nebraska DaveIt's been awhile since the last post and where should I begin.  I hope all is well with everyone as fall enters the weather patterns.  Here in Nebraska it's been quite pleasant with 70s during the day and 40s at night.  The tomatoes and bell peppers are hanging on, but I suspect they will succumb to the first frosty night that looms up in the not too distant future.

My garden expansion plan this last week was brought to completion with only two new beds instead of three.  The area designated was not large enough for three beds.  Two will have to do until I can remove a bush to expand in the other direction.  So lets get started with the new expansion.

A trip to Lowe's, my favorite place, to pick up supplies was first on the adgenda. Of course, on the way home a stop at the Border's book store for a cup of coffee and an hour of reading garden-oriented magazines to get my project juices flowing was next on the list of things to do. Upon arriving home the first thing to do is to mow the grass down as short as possible. I used to be a proponent of double digging then I read about Ruth Stout and her method of no dig gardening. I liked that a lot better. Her theory was, in my words, don't dig, just pile it high, mulch it deep, and plant. I have a modified version that works for me.

Mowing Garden Bed Area 

The next thing to do is build the first patio block path between the beds. I just lay the blocks on top of the grass. Does the grass grow up between the cracks? Of course it does but a little weed whack every time I mow keeps things in check. Besides a little woodsy look, in my humble opinion, makes the garden look better. It gives the look of country instead of manicured urban city. So the stash of patio blocks stored on the sideyard for the last three years will finally be used. After piling a few in the wheel borrow, it just don't feel like moving too well. A discovery of low air in the tire solves the mystery. Ever notice how unexpected things just sort of pop up in a project.


Corner Gardener Sue
3/27/2011 8:48:43 PM

Hi Dave, I saw your comment on Chiot's Run, and came over to see your blog. There are not many of us Nebraska gardeners who have blogs. We usually till a new area out, and then work by hand after that. I remember reading a Ruth Stout book when I was in my 20s, and enjoying it. I was unhappy with myself for getting rid of it. Awhile ago, I got a different book of hers, but haven't read it yet. I am not able to make a new paragraph. I like your new beds.

Allan Douglas
10/17/2010 2:48:12 PM

Thanks for the advice Dave. If treated timbrs will last 6-10 years on the ground, they will probably out last me! I thought about building he walls out of field stone - would look great and s readily available, but would be a LOT of work. I think I'll go with the timbers. Thanks!

Nebraska Dave
10/15/2010 5:16:00 PM

@Allan, I’m glad you dropped by left a comment too. My yard has a slope but not as drastic as yours. My landscape timbers are treated. Some would say that chemicals will leach into the soil, but I don’t really think that much if any of the timber chemical will end up soil or in the plants. When I built my first bed three years ago, I used timbers from around a re landscaped flower bed which was three years old. That was three years ago. So the timbers have been in the dirt for six years and don’t have any sign of rot. I expect they will last many more years before a refurbishing is required. If more longevity is wanted, I would use the concrete retaining wall blocks. The initial cost would be more but they have no chemicals and would last forever. Have a great garden landscaping day.

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