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constructed containers – garden boxes that are above ground for the purpose of easy access, controlling weeds, adding form and structure to the garden area.

Creation of my Garden Labyrinth

The work continues on my Garden Labyrinth in my own yard as discussed in a couple of previous posts.  We have now built another garden box and I have started planting the first one.  I have added ever-bearing strawberries to the first box.  The strawberries are later to come to fruitation.  The harvest will begin late in July, about a month after the regular strawberry harvest starts.  Ever-bearing strawberries will produce until late in the year.  I have eaten strawberries as late as December.   I planted two rows and will now plant sunflowers in the back half of the bed.  The sunflowers will create a privacy back drop and will be a beautiful addition as they mature.  They will be facing East so they will get plenty of morning sun.  The sunflowers will also attract many bees and insects that will serve to pollinate everything I have growing in my gardens.  The strawberries were a gift from one of my garden owners who wanted to divide and had lots to give away.  They have weathered the winter a little worse for the wear but are already perking up.  I have tested my soil and it is a well balanced soil and does not need any enrichment.  The first two garden boxes built are 11.5 inches high by 4 feet wide x 8 ft long.  The newest garden box is built from pine 2 x 4’s and is 16 inches high by 4 feet wide x 7 feet long.  Four feet is the widest we will build them as anything wider will be hard to weed.  We have reinforced each box with a brace to ensure they do not bulge from the weight of the soil inside.

I also have regular bearing strawberries that I planted underneath my Japanese ornamental cherry tree so my grandchildren will have strawberries to eat for many months.

 

 

Creating a Back Yard Oasis Complete

This is the follow up to  “creating a back yard oasis” , an earlier post.  The back yard has been completely transformed and all of the garden boxes are planted.  The garden owner told me she wanted me to decide where to plant everything.  For me this was such an honour as she has such an eye for design and such a green thumb.

After planting all of her potted plants, there is still room for her to add more plants  if she wishes.  Crissy still has a small area of grass that will be easy to maintain.  I love the raised cedar garden boxes and have decided this is what I want for my yard.  The boxes wrap around her deck and were built in three sections right on site.  They are portable so they can be moved.  Each box was reinforced for strength.  Each garden box has 5 to 6 inches of wood chips in the bottom for good drainage.  We also drilled twelve 1/2 holes in each box to allow drainage.  Each box was then filled with organic garden soil, bone meal, blood meal and coconut peat to create a balanced soil that would retain moisture during dry seasons.

20160916_153432-625x468 20160916_153410-625x468Garden area before

 

corner-box-progress back-box-progressIn Progress

garden-boxes-complete-and-plantedwrap-around-garden-boxes-complete-and-planted patio-garden-boxesGarden Boxes complete and Planted