Apr 29

Itty Bitty Garden Updates

This past weekend my wife and I set out to work on our garden, this will be our second year growing our own food.  Last year we had one 3×3 box and it did quite well, we watched and learned as the growing season went by.  This year we decided to take things up a notch and make a few modifications.

– We wanted to expand to two raised beds

– Priority number one was finding a way to protect the garden from my dog

– The use of traditional plants from a nursery in addition to seeds provided by Averagepersongardening.com would be included

This was the result of about 2 hours of work which included the addition of a second box and mixing vermiculite, peat moss and compost for our soil.


For sure we probably planted things too close together but our overzealous nature got the best of us.  I figure better to live and learn this way while we still can go to the store and buy vegetables from the produce section.   You might also notice that there appears to be areas where nothing is planted, that’s where our Non-GMO seeds went in the soil and we hope to see something spring up here shortly.  On a final note, the fence was procured from Lowes…maybe I should have built something myself but time was a constraint.

So what’s the status of your garden?  I know some of you out there have ACRES going on and have to be laughing at our itty bitty garden.  Any tips?


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    • mike nuka on April 30, 2014 at 4:24 PM
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    By his Sitze or Grund,why not a small greenhouse? Fester grow and Dog save

    • Echo5Charlie on April 30, 2014 at 10:41 PM
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    I’m learning here as well, our first year we have had a garden. Just built a 4×4 for the wife and a 2×2 for my daughter several weeks back. Same mix as you mentioned. We have some sprouts but the squirrels are tearing it up pretty good. I’ve been fattening those squirrels up for a rainy day, so I’m not chasing them off! I may put a sunflower feeder on the opposite side of the yard for them though.

    • J on May 4, 2014 at 9:45 AM
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    another option I use, especially for cooking herbs, is to put them in large planter pots. This way, they use a minimum of space and can be brought in during cold weather. I mamaged to keep my sage, oregano and rosemary plants alive through the winter this way. I also grow peppers this way. It is a good option if you are lacking space for a proper garden. I ususally keep these pots on my deck during growing season.

    Also, if you have the space to brign them in, at times, you can easily get another couple of months out of your growing season for plants such as pepper. I realize this isnt feasable for things such as potatoes or the like, but it is a good way to make the most of the space you have.

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