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I really wanted to increase the space I have to plant veggies next year.
One idea I had was to take this nice square raised bed which was planted with Tall Bearded iris and instead make it a veggie bed. It is 7 foot square raised bed with a three foot square smaller raised bed in the middle. The bed is level, while my property slopes slightly downward. So it is raised more in more side than the other. The straw is there now as mulch simply to stop weeds from starting to grow.
I intend to put vertical netting around three sides of the middle square and grow my Yard Long Beans in there. I have them this year but since I definatly am going to plant them again next year, I decided this was a perfect spot. Then the rest will be for tomatoes. I DO LOVE my tomatoes ha-ha.
So I moved all the Iris and other plants and will be ready for veggies next spring!
Well, I do have pea seeds left as I never got all my peas planted. Maybe I will plant them there.
I have very little grass left here so I don't mind that pathway being in grass. I think it will look nice that way. And besides there is grass around the old part of that bed so it will just all match!
Honestly, I am really happy that my exansion there is done as it was a multi day project. But I wanted to get these areas done this fall. That way I am ready in the spring. I will just have to put compost down and be ready to plant.
And old sheet or similar will do. No need to be fancy. I usually roll with the seasons as they come, but sometimes you get those freak late or early frosts when you know the weather is going to be good for another week or two.
But that's still a ways in the future. I can't believe it's August and I'm talking about frost protection measures. :)
Was watering the grass seed that I put in the new pathway around the tomato garden extension and looking at the way the yard there has charged. I really like it better as it looks more open without that sapling tree. Besides it was a Mulberry and I was always hacking it back as it just did not want to behave and stay smaller.
That extension really is going to up the number of tomato plants in that bed next year. Now I have 12 plants, two rows of six. Next year I plan on planting 20 plants there in two rows of ten. Plus I have the Tower Square garden in which I plan to put 10 tomato plants. And that is a compleatly new veggie area now that I have the iris plants moved out of there. And I have other areas with tomato plants. Lots of tomato plants.
The tomatoes seem to have slowed down putting out the ripe fruits just lately but I really can't complain. Green fruits still setting and the production this year was excellent.
Well, I had a few days to look at my expanded tomato bed. Decided to make it one brick wider running lengthwise to make it easier with the placement of the row of cages for next year. Used the put newspaper on grass, cover with some leaves and straw method and there it is until next year. I think it needed that slight bit of extra width.