I'm an absolute stickler for planning and schedules in the business world, but I find that I'm happier just going with the flow in my personal life and gardening plans. My original post mentioned a coldframe and two new 4'x4' beds in the garden. Well the coldframe will need taken apart and rebuilt to a size that will accommodate the storm window I have for it. It will be much shorter and not as big, yet it will be more functional than it has been. Right now it's not a priority, but the last beds for the garden are. I've been set on making them 4'x4' to match up with the other two, but now I'm thinking of just building one 4'x8' bed, which will allow a wider path between the last two beds in the garden and more room for the cattle panel arch.
I planned to move the rhubarb out of the end of one garden bed but it's now a foot high and will have to wait another year. On the other hand, the old rhubarb in the small bed in the backyard really needs moved as well and it's only half as tall so I think I'll move it instead and harvest from the garden clumps this year. I have an assortment of cut stones and flue stones that have sentimental meaning to me and think I'll use them along with a combination of old bricks and drain tiles to make the new herb bed and perhaps a spiral as well. That will leave the plastic octagon bed that currently houses the herbs free to use elsewhere, perhaps for flowers. Of course all garden plans are subject to change many times throughout the year.
Post by centralilrookie on May 28, 2021 15:48:25 GMT -5
I’m kind of a shot it from the hip kind of guy. When sweetheart and I decided to expand the garden at her house she gave me a clean canvas and a few ideas to work with. A flower area bordered by a couple of used telephone poles to make up for the grade change was the first thing to come to mind. Then we needed an area for perennial fruits and vegetables so we are again using some more poles to build a raised bed parallel to a fence line and street. I’m feeling asparagus, rhubarb, berries and herbs with flowers dividing the different plantings. Now to make this work I’ll need to move and make the access gate opening larger but that’s ok. After all the poles and dirt is brought in for the raise beds then we will gain some more garden area. Being the area is quite large I’m thinking a grass way around the garden and maybe a couple to divide and make harvesting easier. Then there’s the thought of some type of vine covered hoop structure with chairs to get out of the sun. But I’ll keep on thinking.....
I've come to the conclusion that I need at least twice as much garden area. Raised beds are out of the question unless I can use natural materials to frame them. I went to take the coldframe apart and start rebuilding it when I discovered three furry balls in the corner. One of the strays had kittens in the garbage can where I kept the shredded leaves and moved them when it was so hot. Because the coldframe is upside down, it created a bit of shelter for her and the kittens and I shall let them stay. Thankfully I've tamed the mother down and can hopefully get her spayed when the kittens are weaned. So nix the coldframe rebuild for at least another month.