Thursday, April 25, 2013
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
First the Shopping list for 5 of these.
2 X 8 X 16 Concrete Blocks 20 @ 1.27 $25.40
Caulk Gun 2.67
Heavy Duty liquid Nails 2.40
40lb Mushroom Compost 3.97
50lb Cow Manure 4.97
1.5CF Organic Soil Conditioner 2.97
3CUFT Sphagnum Peat Moss 11.97
Left over Vermiculite from other bed Free
Total Cost for 5 raised bed pots with soil $54.35
That is $10.87 each (You can't even buy pots for that)
NOW TO PUT IT ALL TOGETHER
First I went for the graveyard look, though I tried laying them on their side and clamping them it didn't work out very well. The clamps were too short and I had to rig two together to squeeze one side, so I could only do one at a time, I found the weight of the blocks was enough. Plus I couldn't work on the patio where it is level because then I would have had to carry these down to the lawn...way too heavy for that. I left these overnight to dry and they held very well.
Then I went for the modern art look, the graveyard was scaring the kids. I got in a hurry and only let them sit a few hours,The liquid nails did say it would set up in 20 minutes...it didn't hold. But this turned out to be good, if I wanted to move these it would be hard to do and having two L shapes that rested together on the ground very nicely worked.
Monday, April 15, 2013
OK well the Bachelor Buttons and Sweet Peas I planted in the fall have bloomed.
The bachelor Buttons are doing very well, several blooms have opened with promises of many more to come. I got these seeds from Annie's Heirloom Seeds.
I thought starting the seeds in the fall would make them more friendly and at home in Georgia but as you can see...I was wrong, as soon as the temperatures started to rise, and in defense of the Sweet Peas it the heat came in fast and Hot. So out they will go to make some room for something else that can take some hot southern twang.
Monday, April 1, 2013
I planted several different varieties of beets; Cylindra, Bull's Blood (from last years pack), Golden and Chioggia. Early April I will be planting Boston Picking Cucumbers and Alex will be planting Mexican Sour Gherkins. In late April Alex will plant Melon Boule D'Or. And Trinity will be putting in, Love In A Mist, Zinnia Lilliput, Zinnia Polar Bear, Dwarf Coral Mix Cockscomb, Bright Light Cosmos along with Morning Glory Carnevale Di Venezia for fun and several of the seeds we saved from last year.