Now that we are well into summer, I have gained more knowledge about the new garden.
First of all, certain areas of the garden do not get any sunlight until 10 a.m. in the morning, so I should plant cool season veggies in that area.
Secondly, the soil is pretty sandy so nutrients would drain more easily after watering or rainfall. To rectify this I need to add more compost and organic fertilizer.
Thirdly, there are a lot of ants on my property. I need to use diatomaceous earth and “borex+sugar” combo to control their population.
Because of a new construction, a large pile of soil was dumped at the back and my children have been diligently helping me in building new garden beds. Now I am 45 years old, I honestly cannot do too much shovelings any more. Thank you so much kids!
|Each bed is about 4 ft wide and 20 ft long, with a 20 inch path in between. My children did a really good job in forming the soil.|
|As you can see, the garden is surrounded by tall trees, but certain area can still get 6-8 hours of sunlight.|
|I am covering the path with woodchips and the new beds with sheep/straw manure.|
|My son planted 3 new blueberry plants|
|I asked my daughter to build a water barrel stand close to the garden so that we don’t have to walk all the way back to the house to get water.|
|The tomato plants are doing well. This year I tried the string trellis method.|
|This is sweet mama squash starting to spread everywhere.|