Garden Update

I was busy putting up the fence in the last two weeks and didn’t have much time to care for the garden but it’s thriving. The wooden fence posts are up, the garden gate is up, but obviously not protecting the garden from my visitors out there.

It has been raining so much in the last two weeks that I thought the garden would drown, and not to mention it was difficult putting down the fence posts since the holes were filled with the rain water. We rented the hole digger and was able to dig the holes for the garden posts and also the posts for the chicken/duck fencing. By the time we finished digging 64 holes I barely could walk and we had to return it the next day since it was a 24-hour rental.

The cucumber trellis is a simple 2 piece 8-foot panels zip tie together and stake the ends down with yellow tent stakes.

The cucumber plants look yellow, I think we had too much rain.

I’m glad that the garden is sloped, otherwise the whole garden would be flooded.

The two rows blue lake bush beans are doing well, and the okras at the end are coming up.

The lemongrass is thriving also.

I think it will make it, I see a few inches of growth at the tips.

The snow peas are taking off, and they also have a trellis to climb.

The Mountain Laurel bloomed last week, by the time I get around to take the picture it has wilted and not as pretty as the first bloom.

Same with the rhododendrons, the rains made it wilted but I think it still looks pretty.

Hope my next update the garden fence will be up.

Backyard Chicken Coop

From my previous post, I uncovered some building materials in my backyard while racking the leaves that we could use to build a chicken coop. Bo hired one of his friends to build and it took him 2 weekends to get it done. He was able to use the wood for the base, and metal roof. We bought the rest of the materials for him. The land was sloped and he had to make sure it’s leveled first.

It’s a custom chicken coop where you can open the nesting boxes from the outside, there are nesting boxes on both sides. This is the front and the venting window has a flap to open and close. He was going to put a plexiglass at first but Bo didn’t want the roosters to crow too early in the morning.

The back of the chicken coop the window slides open for venting and the nesting boxes can be opened from outside also.

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The builder laid a plastic lining on the floor for easy cleaning and this is a view of the nesting boxes from inside the coop.

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There are doors on both sides.

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We have to put up fencing for the outdoor run. We’ve never raised the chicken and ducks together and not sure how they will get along. If they can get along then we will do one long outdoor run for the chicken and ducks.

Gardening Happy

I didn’t have much time to clear the land since the weather is getting warmer, the plants need to go in the ground. I was working from the front of the garden to the back, patiently making rows of planting bed one by one. The ground was hard and filled with rocks, it was very difficult tilling the dirt or more like tilling the rocks. I removed barrels and barrels of rocks and brought in new garden soils, instead of planting the first week it seems like I was working in the rock garden.

The second week I had 4 planting beds ready and planted tomatoes, peppers, and marigolds as a companion to the plants.

I repaired the old trellis left from the previous owners, not sure if I wanted to keep the lattice fence look. It’s not in the best of shape and starts to fall apart and will not give a good support to the plant vines. The previous owners planted the Muscadine grapes, and it wasn’t climbing on the trellis but crawling on the ground when I found it. I transplanted a few plants and moved them back to below the trellis.

I learned how to gardening from my mom and she soaked her seeds before planting them. It took me almost 2 weeks before I was able to plant and my snow peas looked like bean sprouts.

I planted them in two rows, and will put a trellis in the middle so they will be able to climb. The last row is the okra plants, they are extremely drought and heat resistant and produce plentiful crops and beautiful flowers till the Fall.

I also planted two rows of cucumbers, a trellis will go up in the middle of the rows as well since they like to climb.

The below plant is a gift from a fellow gardener.

I worked on the third-row planting beds this past weekend and was surprised to see that the dirt looked real good. It was dark with few rocks and lots of worms. I could have kicked myself, the old garden must have started here and not where I started. I should have surveyed the land better. This planting bed will be perfect for the herb garden.

After soaking the lemongrass in a bucket for almost 2 weeks, I was surprised that it didn’t take roots. I have enough to plant three rows.

The two plants below are also gifts, hope they’ll be happy in my garden.

I still have room toward the back of the garden to plant the watermelon. This is my first year planting it, I’m excited and can’t wait to see them grow.

I missed my gardenias from my old house and planted a few in my new garden. I hope these bloom soon, I absolutely love the aroma. Having a garden in the middle of the woods makes me nervous, the fence will go up next week and hopefully I won’t have any visitors before then.