Day One – Winter Garden Preparations

September 16, 2012. It’s time for the city girl to learn about gardening, and not just plants and flowers, but the stuff you eat. So someday in the not too distant future I can walk to the garden and grab some fresh lettuce instead of driving to the store and paying for it.

So on this hot day on our Somerset farm Carl and I built two 4×10 foot raised beds to start our winter garden. We decided to do beds to try to keep our borrowing critter friends from enjoying our veges before we do. So we lined the bottom with gopher wire. I’ve never actually seen any of these little creatures but we sure do have lots of holes on our property and mounds of fresh dirt magically appear overnight. We did plant some tomatoes, bell peppers, green beans and eggplant over the summer in a small fenced garden area left by the previous owner and I’ll be darned if everything but two eggplants disappeared. Now that’s frustrating. How do farmers do it? Well hopefully this time we can outsmart them. We’ve heard that barn owls will go after gophers and if you build the perfect box for them they will come. Just one more project to add to the list

Well, we filled the beds with dark rich soil and Carl prepared the sprinkler system. We’ll visit Green Acres nursery for some winter vegetables and begin planting next week. We also plan on using Shaklee Basic H for insect control and to condition the soil but I’ve got to learn how to use it.

Until next time, happy gardening.