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#3242683 - 05/09/13 08:12 AM Re: Garden Build [Re: BamaProud]
BamaProud
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The weather delayed us a bit, but we're getting close to planting. Blocks are backfilled and painted. I don't really know why I painted them, but I had it on hand. 3 cubic yards of garden mix down, about 2 to go.

We're going to finish the blocks with Ceder fence boards to make it look nicer.



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#3243280 - 05/10/13 12:29 AM Re: Garden Build [Re: BamaProud]
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Wouldn't the black paint draw heat and dry out the soil quicker... Or am I over thinking this thing?
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#3243549 - 05/10/13 11:27 AM Re: Garden Build [Re: SilverFox]
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I don't think the paint will make much difference. The dirt is black. Doesn't matter anyway since I am planning to cover the cinder blocks with Cedar boards. The paint really wasn't necessary.
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#3244053 - 05/10/13 10:14 PM Re: Garden Build [Re: BamaProud]
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Get you some square stepping stones . Use them to divide the garden into smaller 4 or 5 foot sections.If you can find some compost or composted manure it will help keep the soil loose and give the plants better root growth.If there is a stock yard around you will have a good source of manure. You might want to consider a compost pile or bin.Some trellis's along the fence will be good for beans or cucumbers to grow on. You might consider landscape fabric to keep the weeds down. All in All one of the best 1st gardens I have ever seen. It should be very successful and provide alot of fun and produce for the family.Lots of things you can plant in the blocks. Lettuce, bush beans,or cucumbers. Just about any Dwarf plant will work.
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#3244055 - 05/10/13 10:19 PM Re: Garden Build [Re: WestTn Huntin'man]
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Great place to start Sq ft gardening. Several good books on the subject.
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#3246447 - 05/14/13 04:25 PM Re: Garden Build [Re: WestTn Huntin'man]
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 Originally Posted By: WestTn Huntin'man
Get you some square stepping stones . Use them to divide the garden into smaller 4 or 5 foot sections.If you can find some compost or composted manure it will help keep the soil loose and give the plants better root growth.If there is a stock yard around you will have a good source of manure. You might want to consider a compost pile or bin.Some trellis's along the fence will be good for beans or cucumbers to grow on. You might consider landscape fabric to keep the weeds down. All in All one of the best 1st gardens I have ever seen. It should be very successful and provide alot of fun and produce for the family.Lots of things you can plant in the blocks. Lettuce, bush beans,or cucumbers. Just about any Dwarf plant will work.


The soil I filled it with is a "Garden mix" Do you still think I need to mix in some manure/compost? ...thanks for the advise, I was planning to start some kind of 50 gal barrel compost bin.
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#3246448 - 05/14/13 04:26 PM Re: Garden Build [Re: BamaProud]
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Build is done...on to the planting





We plan on planting few things for the kids like Sugar Baby watermelon and blueberries(I love blueberries). Probably some better boy and Roma tomatoes, for Slasa and tomato sauce. Big boy tomatoes for sammiches. Green and Red Bell Peppers, jalapenos, squash and one of my favorites lost of Okra. Cucumbers. And we're thinking about putting various herbs in the cinderblocks along the front of the garden.
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#3246476 - 05/14/13 05:04 PM Re: Garden Build [Re: BamaProud]
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I am pretty new to gardening. I've grown some tomatoes, peppers and a few other things(nothing on this scale) But most of my planting has been on deer hunting plots. Any tips, suggestions, do's/dont's would be appreciated.
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#3246536 - 05/14/13 06:35 PM Re: Garden Build [Re: BamaProud]
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Get the book Square Foot Gardening. Use an excel spread sheet to plan your plantings.

If you bought a prepared garden mix, you probably don't need any compost/manure for your initial plantings. Starting a compost bin is a good idea. You can replenish your bed with a trowel full of compost every time you replant (one trowel for each new plant or square foot planted).
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#3247388 - 05/15/13 04:10 PM Re: Garden Build [Re: WMAn]
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Fruit and Veggies are growing









...still plenty of room for planting, but we're going to stagger our plantings a bit.

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