Garden Update: Making It Pretty

| 6/10/2013 8:36:32 PM

Tags: garden, raised beds, square foot, pathways, Allan Douglas,

  Actually, what I’ve been building is much more than just eye candy. 

garden lower 10 

The thick bed of wood chips over landscape fabric that now surrounds all the boxes in my “Lower 10” also serve some good purposes:  

  1. It keeps grass and weeds away from my garden beds.  
  2. I no longer have to weed-whack between the boxes: always a chore and it sprayed plant bits and seeds into my boxes.  
  3. It makes a cushy surface to kneel on while I’m working the beds.  
  4. The landscape timber borders help divert rushing rain water around my garden so it doesn’t flood the boxes or wash away the mulch.  
  5. I’m planting flowers around the perimeter that will draw beneficial bugs (bugs that eat the bugs that eat my garden) and add a splash of color.  
  6. This should help maintain the moisture levels in the entire area. 

Garden Berry House 

My berry house is also done.  It encloses a blueberry bed, strawberry bed, red and purple grape vines.  Bird netting over the PVC frame keeps the birds away from the berries.   

The door is the curved section with all the slats between the strawberry and blue berry boxes.  It’s a flap of bird netting that lifts up to allow me in and out, yet keep the avian fiends away from our berries.  I stabilized the edges by trapping them between two layers of duct tape (sticky sides together) and stapled the slats on to lay across the door frame to prevent the netting flap from falling through the opening.  A piece of PVC at the bottom holds the flap down and keeps it from blowing open in winds.   

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