Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Lasagna garden in June

Scott and Katherine built me this garden fence, not for rabbits, but to keep my own livestock out!  First, the ducks spent the winter pecking holes in the mulch and underlying newspaper to get at the grubs.  The grass in the expanded portions of the garden that was meant to be smothered, grew through with abandon.  Then, the chickens found their way into the yard and flattened all my carefully raised planting beds with their excavating and uprooted most of my early onion crop.  By the time the baby pigs started escaping into the yard, it was time to build a fence for the garden. 

Now that I have most of the weeds under control, the garden is growing well.  I had enough potatoes come back from last year's bed that I didn't plant any additional seed potatoes.  It looks like I'll have about 1/3 of last year's crop which should be just fine since we couldn't eat them all last year before they put out shoots. 

The strawberry patch that I planted in December had about a 75% survival rate, but the plants that made it are putting out plenty of daughters to fill in the bed for next year.

I also have sweet corn, beans, garlic, lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and a bunch of berry bushes that will be moved to a permanent home this fall.

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