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with my sweet family that the Lord has blessed me with
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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Garden fresh...

We have a new "garden fresh" garden! Well, we don't have the garden yet, but we have the garden bed all ready to go! This is what the space looked like when we first moved in a year and a half ago.
 And this is what it looked like a year later after my hubby spruced it up. We chose this spot, which is in the back yard behind our workshop, because it is flat, has full sun and is near the shop's water faucet. My husband has created small gardens at every home we have owned, but he has never tackled a project this large. We did research and talked to local farmers on how to plow up this field to prepare the soil for the garden.
 The first thing that needed to be done was remove a couple of old tree stumps. My husband's buddy had the right machine for the job, so we hired him to do this for us.
 It was quite a neat machine, which broke down the old stump and ground it into a pile of fine sawdust.
 After that my husband staked out the area, if you look closely, you can see the markers. It's going to be a very large garden, 60x80 feet. We are going to put rows of raspberries and have several blueberry bushes. We do not want to be slaves to it and will only plant what we can eat and share it with our immediate family. At this point I do not plan on canning food, but I will freeze as much as I can.
 Eric attached a plow to the back of the tractor and plowed up the area.
 The soil was broken into big clumps.
 It's exciting to start really envisioning the new garden space!
 We found all kinds of junk buried in this space including these cool old rusty remnants from an old wood stove. Some folks do things different out in the country and instead of taking garbage to the dump, they simply buried it. Click here to read about the jacuzzi tub we unearthed. I saved these pieces to use in the future for some garden art projects.
 For the next step he borrowed a friend's tractor and disc tiller attachment to break up the soil further.
 This implement left the soil in large rows.
 He then sprinkled fertilizer over the soil and watered it to help it break down.
Several days later after it had dried out, he used a smaller tiller implement to break up the soil even further.
 The next step was to measure and mark the four corners of the garden where the fence posts will go. My husband is so smart with all of this, he knows how to do the math to ensure that the plot is squared perfectly with the nearby shop.
 My job was to hold the stakes. It was fun working with him on this project.
 The next step was to dig giant deep holes in the ground to hold these big poles at each corner. These are actually recycled telephone poles from our property that once held all the old electrical wires we removed when we first moved here (click here to read about that). He purchased a post hole digger attachment for the tractor that saved many hours of labor for him.
 If you look closely here, you can see the four corner posts are up!
 Next he added the smaller inner posts.
 We had to make the fence very tall at 10' so that the deer could not jump over it.
 It's looking so nice!
 He has the main frame done, and now is working on the gates. We will have one man gate and two tractor-size gates.
 We did a lot of research on what kind of actual fencing to use. We thought about chicken wire or goat wire, but settled on this plastic mesh. It's strong and much more affordable. It's also so much easier to work with.
We were a little concerned that our garden was going to obstruct the view from our back windows/back deck to the grassy knoll and trees beyond our property, and were so pleasantly pleased that it's almost see-through and we still have the beautiful view!
 He purposely left this section open for a special delivery....
...from this big dump truck.
We ordered 9 loads of sand to improve the soil structure.
 It  looked kind of like aliens left these piles here!
 The next day Eric smashed all of the sand down into the soil with the tractor.
 I was skeptical that he could smash it all down. I was worried we ordered too much sand, but... spread out perfectly and left a nice thick topping to the soil.
 He later brought in horse manure and tilled it all together and we left it for the winter.
Now spring is coming and we get to start the fun part of planning the garden layout, buying the plants and seeds and starting to sow our garden!

"Do not be deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." Galatians 6:7

Hugs, Sharon


Heartfelt living said...

What a wonderful place for a garden. I can't wait to see all the delicious goodies you will receive from all your hard work.
Do you have pine trees beyond the garden area? Can't quite make them out ... If goodness you could just walk out back and choose one at Christmas!
Thank you for sharing your home with us, what I blessing to have such a lovely farm.

Judy said...

I love the deer fence, we need to put one up badly. I had to chuckle at the wood stove being unearthed, we've unearthed a car from our woods. I guess it just costs too much to bring things to the transfer station that's why folks bury things, at least that seems to be the case around here.

Mardell said...

Hi Sharon,
Oh my goodness ~ I've been catching up on all of your posts! Love them. Your garden is going to ROCK this year! Wow (call me jelly-belly!) Raspberries & blueberries, yum! Tomatoes, basil, peppers, watermelon, cukes...the list goes on & on.

Good luck ~ can't wait to see it come to fruition. Your hubby is def. a hard worker. Wonderful.

Have a glorious weekend. Our school cancelled today b/c it's so cold. Minus 10. Yuck.


jen said...

Amazing amount of work you folks can accomplish !
Looks really cool- I love the high fence-
Can't wait to see what grows :)
Wonderful :)

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