Sweet Corn Fortress and Weeds


| 4/7/2016 8:47:00 AM


Tags: Gardening, Sweet Corn, Nebraska Dave, Nebraska,

Adventures of Old Nebraska DaveApril is here with blooming trees, daffodils, hyacinths, and tulips. I love April. The temperatures are starting to consistently get up to the 50s and freezing temperatures at night are less frequent. It's time to start planting. Cabbage, onions, radishes, lettuce, and potatoes can now be planted in my area. It's a wonderful time of the year.

In this post I'd like to talk about what I have done to defeat the infestation of serious weed problems and progress on the Sweet Corn Fortress to defeat the raccoons.

Bind Weed Invasion

Last year was a year of trying to recover from the year before.  The 2014 year was a year of medical issues so not much was done in the garden which as you can see resulted in bind weed infestation. Cleaning out this nest of vines might seem daunting but actually it rolled up in a big ball rather easily.  That was about the extent of what I got accomplished last year.

Building Sweet Corn Fortress

This March the weather broke and garden construction could begin. A layer of old carpet was laid down over the complete area where the fortress would be. The carpet was acquired over the winter by dumpster diving around apartment buildings. A neighbor renovated his rock wall with new retaining wall blocks. The three corn beds were lined with the rocks. The carpet was cut from the center of the beds and the pathways were mulched with hard wood mulch.

faithfulhomesteader
5/26/2016 5:19:43 PM

Nebraska Dave, I hope you do enjoy that corn. Hoping for that here too. If the raccoons are around, they are not leaving much of a trace for us. Have a great day.


jack
5/20/2016 2:33:34 PM

NebraskaDave -- Just kind of wondering how your fortress is holding up. I LOVE the rocks for your raised garden. Sorry, I don't know of any way to stop the raccoons :(





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