Posted in Gardening & Backyard Farming

Garden ideas – staging

Staging for growing peas and beans
Staging for growing peas and beans

We have some old staging that my Dad gave us many years ago. It’s not safe for working on anymore, so we were trying to decide what to do with it. Then we thought, why not make use of in the Garden! By using two ends and one cross bar, we created a great frame for our peas and beans to climb up on. The space inside allows for other ground or low growing crops as well. Great adaptive re-use of something that has been sitting around in the weather for ages.

We still had another staging left over, so our Daughter and Son-in-law created a a great little greenhouse for us at the back of the shop. The tomatoes love it in there! You can see the drip hose we are using. The emitters are supposed to be less likely to clog up with dirt. Seems to be working great so far 🙂

We keep talking about building a more permanent greenhouse, but so far this has worked out for us, so no hurry. Saves a lot of money as well!

Tomatoes love it in the greenhouse!
Simple greenhouse from old staging
Posted in Gardening & Backyard Farming, Healthy (& Tasty!) Eating

Garlic Harvest

About 1/2 of 2014 Garlic crop
Half of 2014 Garlic crop

Our Garden seems to be doing quite well considering how hot is has been for the last while. We put in a new drip irrigation system this year, which is simply a hose connected to a couple of multi-shutoffs. We bought some ergonomic shut-offs this year to help Diannes hands. Also bought a better quality drip hose (same as city uses in some of their parks). This allows us to create zones in the garden and shut areas off and on as needed. As we just harvested the garlic, we can now shut that area off, so we don’t waste water.
The garlic is a little early this year. This photo is about half the crop which we harvested yesterday. Tomorrow, we will select out the best bulbs to be used for re-planting this fall and hang up all of the garlic for curing. Can’t wait to start eating! (We did try a little out already, but not as tasty before curing). With the Garlic out of the ground, we can train the squash to take over the area, as they are rapidly spreading now. They are full of bees and other pollinators, so should have a good crop of them as well!