March Garden Prep!

This is probably a ‘part one’ of my garden prepping in southern North Carolina.  I am NO garden expert, but can share what has worked for us through the years. 🙂

Over the mild winters here our backyard deck looks less than hospitable:

I have a lot to do! I enjoy it so much though! My son helps out and always has as long as we’ve been living in NC.  My husband made these raised garden beds with old pallets a few years back. They are holding up, though after a year we put a couple wood logs under them for more needed support-very necessary, as the soil, along with rain, get pretty heavy! Notice how high they are! No back bending over which can really hurt a back after a while. These can be bought too though they may cost a bit more, but I am telling you from experience, these high garden beds are worth it! 🙂 Rarely any weeds too! Here are a few links that might help you out:

Rodales Organic Site  

My Outdoor Plans 

Instructables 

Ok shoot, after looking at those, I can see why buying them instead of making is a great option!! If you love building with wood you might have a great time at it though! After some research you might want to try: Hayneedle (free shipping),  Home depot has a large selection to fit your needs, and Wayfair.  Those are some of the less expensive garden beds that can do the job.

 

I understand soil can be expensive; thankfully a Lidl shop near us has organic soil that is super cheap and looks great, no clay or clumps, so we are using that this year, to fill what is lost when the soil goes down.  We have a bag of lime <<<(click link for more info on lime) which we sprinkle a fine dust on and mix in the soil for our tomatoes.  If we don’t do this, the tomatoes get ‘leggy’ and do not produce much in the way of fruit.  We also have used our blender to powder egg shells throughout the year, but the lime works too.  Without the lime, or egg shells tomatoes can develop that black rot on the bottom of the tomatoes, which is very frustrating!  Lovely tomatoes ruined.  If you need a compost going though the year, you probably are adding egg shells for a wondering addition to calcium to your garden.  We also mix in some used coffee grounds as they particularly great for tomato plants, which thrive on nitrogen.  If you compost, they are probably there!  MORE soon on seeds, etc.!

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Our Son, Taliesin, helping out 🙂

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