Just get out and do it.

Welcome to my blog, Garden for Your Life! This site will be mostly about my garden, but you can build one just like it in your back yard too. It can be bigger or smaller, just get out and do it. You can do it for fun. Your can do it for your health. You can do it for fresh food in these troubled times. The point is to get out and do it for whatever reason that you need.

Over time I will cover topics like canning and preserving your harvest, soil and beds, bugs, what to plant and when, and much more.

I've been working on this garden on mine and improving on it for over five years now. I will continue doing that for many more. You can too, just get out and do it.


Monday, February 18, 2013

Update on the new garden

Howdy all!

It's been a couple of months since I posted so here's an update on my backyard garden. Due to rot it has become necessary to rebuild all my main beds. At the same time I've decided to expand. I'm going from 3' by 6' beds to three beds 3' by 16' and and six beds 3' by 12'. Overall that will increase my garden from 234 square feet to 360 square feet. That's a one third increase. I'm also using plastic decking as my wood. It will a very long time.

Here's how they used to look. They were made out of cedar fencing material salvaged from my fence blown down by hurricane Ike.

First I had to move the fence that keeps the dawgs out. I also have room to move my rabbit hutches into the protected fenced area.

Then I built the new beds, which are built in place as they are quite heavy. These are the 16' beds decided in half for strength. Each one holds two yards of garden soil, so that's a few wheel barrow loads to and from the truck.

I'm also enclosing my chicken run. Both to protect them and keep the little birdies out. I've been feeding them more than my chickens. My young apprentice, Marcus helped my assemble it out of bamboo. We then covered it with bird netting. I'll do the same for my garden once I have it in place.

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