Saturday, April 12, 2014

Cedar Poles in the Garden

Last year I saw Monticello's Gardens featured in a couple different magazines and I was so inspired by the organic materials used as supports in the vegetable garden that I knew I wanted to incorporate a few of the same ideas in our own vegetable garden. In particular, the poles used to support climbing beans and peas.  

Founding Gardener
Image via Martha Stewart

I included a picture of the gardens there... isn't it amazing?  One day I'd love to visit in person.

I showed Justus the pictures I had gathered and expected him to laugh, but he was all for the idea and said there were so many fallen cedar trees at my parents' farm that it would be easy to gather some to use.  One afternoon we bundled up for a hike in the woods and gathered cedar poles.  The poles needed to have the limbs removed first as you can see.

We used three poles per "trellis" and buried the base of the poles in the ground.

The tops of the poles are tied together with some jute rope. 

Yesterday the girls and I finally got the spring garden planted: lettuce, kale, broccoli and peas.  The poles will hopefully be a support for the climbing peas.

P.S.  You can see a glimpse of our new garden fence pictured.  I can't wait to show the entire thing to you, particularly since that will mean I've finished painting!  With nearly 300 pickets, it's taking me awhile.  (smile)

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Spring Planting

 All it takes is one spring day full of sunshine and I'm ready to dig in the dirt and plant!  Although it's definitely time for me to do my spring vegetable planting, we're still finishing up the painting of our new garden fence, so off to the nursery we went.

 During the past couple of years, we've planted a few blueberry bushes and a peach tree (which is blooming so prettily at the moment), but we still feel the need to add some additional fruit bearers.  So home we came with a good sized apple tree and some more blueberry bushes.  It seems a long way off to think of our trees producing fruit, and yet I have a feeling it will be here in a blink of an eye.

Sweet little blueberry blooms...

We also came home with six flats of annuals for the front porch flower boxes. We plant Vinca every spring - even at our previous home - because we've found it to be wonderfully tolerant of shady porches.

Fortunately I had some little helpers that also wanted to dig in the dirt!  (smile)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Spring Forsythia

The forsythia is blooming and what a welcome sight it is.  Its happy yellow flowers are a cheerful reminder that spring has arrived.

Happy Spring!

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