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Richard's Garden Progress

Richard’s Fall Preparation

Each fall Richard prepares the soil in his planting areas by: heavily applying fresh leaves, heavily applying grass clippings, adding potting soil, adding Old bags of manure (Since bagged manure has no nutrients he uses this more to help break up and improve the consistency of the soil, he buys several bags the year before and holds them for a year before using them.), adding Turkey manure (Available at Home Depot), he then works these thoroughly into the existing soil.

In the spring:Richard adds another layer of grass clippings and turkey manure. He does not mix these into the soil, he leaves them on top. This year he is also going to use the black plastic to finish the planting site.

Watering:
In order to preserve water, Richard will be using ½ inch soaker hoses this year for watering the mound areas. He has a sprinkler system set up through the center of the mixed planting area to water there.

Layout:

Richard has two main parts to his garden; mound areas and mixed planting sites.

Mounds:
The mound areas are bordered by rocks or wood to hold the soil in place. The mounds are approximately eight inches to one foot deep. The larger ones have a board walkway through the center to make access easier. Richard has divided the main part of the mound garden into thirds. He rotates the crops within these thirds so that the same type of plant is only in a given area every three years. This gives the specific nutrients for specific plants time to rejuvenate before the plant is in that area again. These areas will contain tomatoes, beans, cucumbers etc. The areas that are farthest to the east and southeast are for plants that have a tendency to spread out a lot. (i.e. squash) Richard has a new area, by his wood pile, that he will be planting potatoes in this year.

Mixed Planting Area:
Just to the south of the garden area is a mixed planting site. It contains fruit trees, Walla Walla onions, regular yellow onions, day lilies and gladiolas. There are some boxed planting areas that will contain peppers and peas.

Composting containers:
Richard has several containers that he uses to make compost to use on the garden. These are old garbage cans that he has gotten from Enoch City. He cuts them in two, keeping them 3 to 4 feet high, and then uses the top part with the lid for his container. This way there is no bottom to retain moisture in the compost. (He wants it dry) Throughout the summer he layers his lawn clippings, old turkey manure, year old leaves, and old bagged manure. He mixes them together. No water is added. This is transferred to the mound or planting areas as needed.If you check with Enoch City they may have some old garbage cans you can get from them.

Overall Garden View

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Overall of Planting Area April 07, 2014

Overall of Planting Area April 07, 2014

Mixed Planting Section April 07, 2014

Mixed Planting Section April 07, 2014

Close up of Mounds April 07, 2014

Close up of Mounds April 07, 2014

Planting Area for Plants that Spread April 07, 2014

Planting Area for Plants that Spread April 07, 2014

Planting Area for Climbing Plants April 07, 2014

Planting Area for Climbing Plants April 07, 2014

Tomatoes

When Richard first planted his tomatoes, the plants were getting too hot and burning. He fashioned shade for them by cutting plastic planting pots into two pieces and attaching them to stakes. He then placed these in the ground where the pot would shade his plants to protect them. He said they also stack easily for storage when the plants are bigger and the shade is no longer needed.

Richard is using standard tomato cages except he puts them upside down and anchors them at the ground with large nails which are driven 12″ into the soil. When he puts them in the ground the way they were intended, he had too many problems with them becoming top heavy and pushing over the cage. By doing it his way it gives a strong base and the nails hold it securely. It also gives you an area to prop it up, If needed.

He trims the tops of his tomato plants around the end of July or the first of August. He learned that any areas that have no fruit, or only blossoms, will not be able to fully develop fruit by the middle of September. By cutting off this excess growth it makes the strength go into the existing fruits to make them become better.

Overall of Tomatoes July 30, 2014

Overall of Tomatoes July 30, 2014

Close up Tomatoes Growing July 30, 2014

Close up Tomatoes Growing July 30, 2014

Young Tomato Plant Shades

Young Tomato Plant Shades

Young Tomato Plant Shades

Young Tomato Plant Shades

Another idea for Tomato Cages

Another idea for Tomato Cages

Nail to Anchor Cages

Nail to Anchor Cages

Zucchini and Squash

Overall Summer Squash July 30, 2014

Overall Summer Squash July 30, 2014

Close up of Summer Squash July 30, 2014

Close up of Summer Squash July 30, 2014

Overall of Zucchini and Crookneck Squash July 30, 2014

Overall of Zucchini and Crookneck Squash July 30, 2014

Close up Zucchini July 30, 2014

Close up Zucchini July 30, 2014

Crookneck Squash Plant July 30, 2014

Crookneck Squash Plant July 30, 2014

Close up of Crookneck Squash July 30, 2014

Close up of Crookneck Squash July 30, 2014

Onions and Peppers

Walla Walla Onions April 07, 2014

Walla Walla Onions April 07, 2014

Yellow Onions April 07, 2014

Yellow Onions April 07, 2014

Overall Bell Peppers July 30, 2014

Overall Bell Peppers July 30, 2014

Close up Bell Peppers July 30, 2014

Close up Bell Peppers July 30, 2014

Overall Anaheim Pepper Plant July 30, 2014

Overall Anaheim Pepper Plant July 30, 2014

Close up of Anaheim Peppers July 30, 2014

Close up of Anaheim Peppers July 30, 2014

Cucumbers

Overall of Aremnian Cucumbers July 30, 2014

Overall of Aremnian Cucumbers July 30, 2014

Midrange Aremnian Cucumbers July 30, 2014

Midrange Aremnian Cucumbers July 30, 2014

Close up of Cucumbers July 30, 2014

Close up of Tendril attaching

Close up Aremenian Cucumber July 30, 2014

Close up Aremenian Cucumber July 30, 2014

Potatoes, Beans and Beets

Overall of Potatoes July 30, 2014

Overall of Potatoes July 30, 2014

Overall of Beans July 30, 2014

Overall of Beans July 30, 2014

Overall of Beets July 30, 2014

Overall of Beets July 30, 2014

Cabbage

Close up of Cabbage July 30, 2014

Close up of Cabbage July 30, 2014

Overall of Cabbage and beets July 30, 2014

Overall of Cabbage and beets July 30, 2014

Flowers

Gladiolas April 07, 2014

Gladiolas April 07, 2014

Day Lillies April 07, 2014

Day Lillies April 07, 2014

Overall of Gladiolas and Beets July 30, 2014

Overall of Gladiolas and Beets July 30, 2014

Watering

Half Inch Soaker Hoses

Half Inch Soaker Hoses

Overall of PVC and Sprinklers

Overall of PVC and Sprinklers

Close up of PVC and Sprinklers

Close up of PVC and Sprinklers