You should see my garden right now!
Seriously! I almost look like a real gardener! Which is kind of funny because my husband actually did most of it!
My husband is an engineer. His mind continually thinks of ways to do things faster and better. It’s just who he is. He has been researching and scheming for years to find ways to make gardening easier and more productive.
If you’ve hung out here for awhile – you might remember some of the other garden ideas we’ve tried over the years. None of which worked out. So when he told me that he had found a new idea for the garden, I might have rolled my eyes just a little. But because I love him and because he was willing to help out, I gave in.
And I’m very glad I did!
Just look at my garden today!
He started by tilling under our cover crop. (Okay – just kidding! It was actually a bunch of weeds!)
Then we covered it with heavy black plastic. Thankfully it was a still evening! This would have been a nightmare with any kind of wind!
Then we carefully placed 55 – 30 inch wooden square frames that he made out of some of the 2 x 4’s from the old house. And I do mean carefully; remember – he is an engineer! We used kite string and fence posts to make a grid across the garden so that each bed was an equal distance from the ones surrounding it.
Then he cut away the plastic inside each wooden square and we were ready to plant! And by we, I really mean he, because he did most of it! My garden hero!
Since we were so late in getting things in, and I had not started a single plant this year, or even made a seed order, we went to the local greenhouses and bought everything last minute.
But wait – there’s more!
My amazing husband then made cute little cloches from PVC, nylon netting, and more wood from the old house. These slip right over the 30 inch frame and will hopefully keep the cabbage moths away!
We did put up our electric mesh fence to keep the bunnies and chickens out – even though the black plastic seemed to freak them out a little. Better safe then sorry.
And there you have it! My amazing new garden thanks to my amazing husband!
So will this system actually work?
Will we be able to keep the weeds in control?
Will we actually get a harvest this year?
But what about the squash bugs?
I’m sure the continuing saga of Melinda’s Garden is far from over!