McKay and Tracy have used a homemade green house for their garden this year. The outer frame is built out of 2×4 planks on the top and bottom and metal fence posts. The walls are made with the 2x4s on the top and the bottom. These have been wired to the metal fence posts, which are placed 8 feet apart. This has all been covered with a 6 mil plastic. The front, or east, wall is 45 inches high. The back, or west wall, is 60 inches high. The north end has a hinged sheet of plywood that can be opened for access to the garden. Running along the top of the back, or west side, is a roll of reinforced 6 mil plastic. This was rolled forward to the east wall, over additional 2×4 planks, to completely cover the garden area to protect it.
The garden was planted in early march. The plastic did a good job until the heavy snow fall, in the spring, which broke the additional 2×4 planks. The plastic must have done its job well though because the garden is doing very well and is quite advanced. (The arched formation seen in the pictures is something that was given to McKay and Tracy at a later time and has not been used yet). They enriched their soil by tilling in hay, sand, manure and Iron Chelate. Grass Clippings are placed around the plants to help control weeds. McKay and Tracy’s children “helped” them plant the garden so there is a little confusion as to what some of the items are exactly. They also had tomatoes and potatoes that came on their own. Watering is done with a bubbler system. PVC pipe runs through the garden and a 1/2 inch pvc pipe comes up from the main grid and is attached to each metal stake. These each have a bubbler attached. These bubblers are set on a timer to turn on each evening for 15 to 20 minutes. With the bubblers on both the east and west sides the garden is well watered.
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Lettuce, Arugula, and Spinach
Squash and Onions