My wonderful neighbor made this pyramid for my garded- it was to put strawberries in, but I can see a lot of various things- baby bok choy, romaine lettuce, herbs- who knows- I piled up big rocks inside to cut down on the amount of soil. I am so happy- I think we may do a second one,too. It is 36" at the base, and 4.5 ft tall.
So far I have planted strawberries in the top 4 tiers, ans transplanted some chives in one bottom tier. I see a change for the next one- the bottom of each board (fence slats) should be the same level as the top of the board below it- as it is now there is space for soil to wash down- I will have to be careful with watering until roots hold the soil in place. But I am really excited to see it grow!
I have several strawberry pots that allow the soil to wash out of the side pockets. For deep watering I installed a piece of pvc pipe with 1/4" holes drilled all along the sides down the center of the pot. Close the bottom of the pipe. Fill the pipe with pea gravel. Pour water on the gravel. This works with an open topped container.
For your planter you could cover the soil with weed mat, cut holes for plants. Use a generous sized piece if weed mat that can be tucked in well. However I have found that plastic canvas (for cross stitch) with holes cut for plants works better in pots. Michael's Crafts has them for $0.40 each for a 10 1/2"X 13" sheet. These are much easier to work with than weed mat.
Or install drip hoses. For a planter as large as yours drip hoses might work best.
Yes, the photo was taken Oct 1- We had our first freeze about 10 days later, and now the garden is all gone. I had hundreds of green tomatoes on the vines when they froze- I think the late cool Spring delayed them- they should have ripened, but regardless, I had a huge bounty of tomatoes this year. They were Celebrity-one of my all time favs, Early Girl, Dinnerplate, Pineapple, Beefmaster among others. Some of them grew 2ft above my 6ft fence, and I had to top them off. I am already planning for next year- I am having a second pyramid built. I will grow Baby Bok Choy, lettuce, and other small veggies along with herbs, and some flowers.
I am really getting antsy waiting for Spring! Every day that will allow, I am working outside. This week I have modified my pyramid, adding some plastic edging to each compartment to allow for more soil, and hopefully less water runoff. It is now filled with some prime compost, and awaiting some strawberry plants to be shipped. I will also have some herbs and small veggies in it.
I've heard of being ready but you have even dug the holes!!! I'd say you are ready!!! Also you have put me to shame!!!! LOL!!!!! I haven't even thought about ready! There is the Super Bowl, then Mardi Gras, then think about getting ready.
Jeri, I once lived in LA-Bossier City- for many years, and I loved being able to grow something all year round. Up here that's not possible, but I have set up an indoor greenhouse in my sewing room.Here's what it looks like today. I have 3 nice Husky Red Cherry Tomato plants-(just an adventure-I don't know if they will mature or not), several overwintering Coleus, and assorted seedlings for cold weather veggies- Baby Bok Choy, a pointed head Cabbage, Cilantro, etc. I love watching things grow. Where is Central?
I just planted some Carrot seed tape in half of the center square- will do the other half in a few weeeks. Also have some baby Romaine lettuce from Park,and baby bok choy that is sprouted in my indoor greenhouse.
Hi Jo!!! Just a little MIA since last reply!!!! Good Superbowl party I guess!!! LOL!!!!
Yea there is a big temperature difference between here and there. I can see making a lot of adjustments to your growing methods!!!! I think you're making the changes nicely though. I just bought 6 Superbush tomatoes from Forrest Hill last week when we ran up there to check out the market. It was very sad. Things are months behind where they normally are this time of year. Really sad after all that harsh winter we received this year. I think old man winter got us confused and sent La. the weather intended for Wa. LOL!!!
Central is located just north of Baton Rouge. We are in East Baton Rouge parish but suceeded from the city in July, 2005 and became the 12th largest city in the state. The end of August, 2005 Hurricane Katrina hit and overnight we became the 10th largest city in the state.
I think spring is really close- the night temps are still chilly-right at freezing, but 60's days, so I hope to start putting some things out soon. I just repotted all my tomatoes & peppers into bigger styro cups, and take them out for a few hours sun each day. I will be posting photos as soon as anything looks big enough! By the way- my neighbor moved- boohoo- no more garden stuff being built- but I am full anyway- no more space! Take care, everyone-
The pyramid didn't work well for me- not enough depth for the soil. We have hot winds here that dry things out badly. So I totally remade them, and have been growing killer carrots in the 2 top tiers, and lettuce, bok choi, etc in the bottom tier. There are carrots about 1" tall in them now, and bok choi barely up.