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Monday, May 17, 2010

My Garden Now, 2010

This is the spot I chose for my garden or garden planter. A few days earlier a great blue heron confirmed my choice!

I did drill holes in the bottom of this cut off water tank, but I needed rock---My husband helped with that--I got more than I wished for! Shoveling rock is tough--I shoveled some out and then had to move the pile that had accumulated on the side--I could picture little critters getting into the garden, climbing up the rock.

My wheelbarrow broke, so I moved dirt, then rock with that old, round, red, ladybug sandbox--I attached a rope and pulled it--It worked pretty good--just couldn't move too much at once--lots of little trips! I drilled holes in some very old and rusted coolers to use as planters for pumpkins. The light blue round planter with the artichoke plant, is an old pipe section--I did have to lay down some chicken wire at its base, for gopher protection.

Deluxe! My son set me up with these little sprinklers!

The whole thing has to be in caged, to protect it from deer--I gave myself a little foot space inside this small compound, I've even added a small bench for sitting--(not pictured)--I found out that it's such a nice place to sit--the wind blows through all the grasses and trees nearby--the black planter collects the heat from the sun, so it's also a nice spot to warm your back against, on cooler days!
I know that I'm planting everything too closely--it's just that I want to grow a little of everything, or more than that space can hold. I have two corn plants, (don't laugh), some pepper plants, one eggplant, some lettuce, spinach, cauliflower, strawberries, summer squash, beets and carrots all growing in that one round garden planter!! Should be interesting to see how it grows!

I have a sort of door, where I peel back the wire cage then shut it with this big red electrical wire. I knew that I needed to get back to painting, when I got out my acrylics to paint this wire a bright orange/red!! I had to do it!


martha miller (it's all art) said...

Wow, so much work to protect your garden! I can't believe we don't have animals eating from ours! You will enjoy every morsel you get from that garden!

Susan Beauchemin said...

we will!

Don Gray said...

What a beautiful setting you have for your home.

Susan Beauchemin said...

Hi Don, Thanks--it's true, we live in a great place!

Dean Grey said...


You have all that land but are only planting in that one little spot?

How come the planter is so elevated and not planted directly into the ground below?

Just wondering!