Sunday, June 26, 2011

Raised Bed Update

This year, we added 3 raised garden beds to the homestead. We have a large garden as well, but decided to change things up a bit. The large garden now grows corn, beans, some of our onions, and our viney plants (cukes, zukes, melons, and winter squash). We hope to add more raised beds as time goes on.

*San Marzano Tomatoes *

In the tomato bed, we have tomato plants staked up down both sides of the bed. We've found that twine we cut off our hay bales is best to staking tomatoes (seen above). In the middle of the beds, we are growing beets, carrots (seen below), and rutabagas. On the ends, we filled the holes of the concrete blocks with soil. They are the current home of mint plants and multiplier onions (seen below).

*Sweet Bell Peppers*

*Green Cabbage*
I think this fall, when we plant more cabbages for canning saur kraut, I will plant them under row cover to help avoid cabbage worms. This wet spring has really prevented Bt from sticking to the plants to keep the worms at bay.


  1. Your garden is looking great! I think it will be interesting for you to experiment with raised beds. I've done both, and it largely depends on what works for you. I'm near Portland, and we've got rain throughout the year except during the late spring and summer. And, in the summer, it is a total drought and raised beds dry out far quicker than planting direct in the ground. So, there's small differences with every technique in every region, don't you think?

    And thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope you keep reading!

  2. I definitely agree. Even the micro climates within a small region can make a difference.